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How Children’s Movement Affects Development

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In the first five years of life, children go from being helpless babies to capable little people. It is a time of significant leaps in development physically, mentally and emotionally. The early childhood educators at Scribbles Childcare Centre in Auckland know that children learn best from doing, which is why movement is a key part of life at our daycare centres.

Here’s just a few of the ways that allowing kids to move freely helps their development during these crucial early years.


Once children start to move about on their own, they become aware not only of the space around them, but of their selves as well. Through movement they are learning a basic anatomy lesson, discovering abilities and limitations. This early awareness of their bodies is the building block upon which their understanding of self will grow.


Non-verbal communication comes to our little ones sooner than language. Through movement and exploration, children build these skills, learning to tell you what they want or need long before they learn to use words.

Non-verbal language is all about movement – signalling with their hands, reaching for something they like, expressions on their faces – and at our childcare centre, we proudly encourage these early methods of physical communication.


Found in the inner ear, the vestibular system – essential to balance – starts to develop before birth and continues well into adulthood. Movements like rocking, spinning and rolling vibrate tiny hairs in the inner ear, developing this system which in turn enhances vision, muscle tone and language.

Emotional Well-Being

Children given free range to move and play have a head start when it comes to emotional wellbeing. Floor time from an early age followed up with freedom to dance, climb, jump and spin helps build confidence and self-expression – two vital parts of the emotional wellbeing puzzle.

At Scribbles Early Childcare Centre with three locations in Auckland – Mt Wellington, Mt Roskill and Onehunga, we love seeing the benefits of physical movement in our children each and every day.

  • Being new to Auckland, we were nervous about finding a childcare centre for our son. We could not be more pleased with Scribbles Mount Wellington, it has fantastic facilities and it is so convenient being close to Sylvia Park for last minute shopping. Could not recommend Scribbles more highly.
    Kim Andrew
  • All the teachers rock! We can't thank you enough for  everything you do for our kids - they all absolutely adore you.
    Jack Close
  • The Scribbles team feel like family to us we always feel welcomed when we come in. If any help is needed please do not hesitate to ask... we are always happy to help if we can. Keep up the great work.
    Michelle Bright
  • I love all of the lovely staff at Scribbles, they really do feel like a happy family down there. And I love that they make my little girl feel like part of it. She loves it and at the end of the day that's all that matters. Thank you so much for everything.
    Dave Burke
  • My son has been at Scribbles since November 2015 and I am very happy with the service we get. The teachers are very nurturing/caring and that's what I ask for my baby. His career is fantastic, lovely and kind and he just loves seeing her each morning. Nellie runs a great ship and staff seem to be happy in what they do.
    Suzanne Manihera
We invite you to come into our Scribbles Childcare Centres in Auckland and have a look for yourself. See our wonderful early childhood education environment and speak to the team.