Development/movement in Early and Primary Education.
Her training style is energetic, passionate and highly motivational. She has been working as a dance and movement specialist for over 19 years and continues to work directly with children. Helen is respected globally for her valued contribution to early years movement and physical activity. Helen is currently continuing her research at CREC, Birmingham City University. Last year Helen also completed the Skinner Release Technique dance/movement/somatic practice which hugely influences her work. The embodiment of her practice is to raise confidence in the areas of music and movement. “I am driven to inspire learning and learners to broaden their approach to increasing physical fitness. Following on from my training I found delegates’ commitment to ‘move more’ has remained steadfast. Staff found the courses ‘reignited a spark’ within them and have in turn become more physically active in their own lives”
Helen has been delivering training for the past 10 years and her consultancy now takes her all over the world, from Malaysia to Dubai, from China to Romania.
The movement philosophy Helen promotes is to embed movement within the curriculum and framework to create a kinaesthetic classroom. Young children learn through movement, early years practice must adopt an approach which is accessible to all. Moreover, reducing sedentary behaviour and ensuring practitioners are aware of the impact movement has on cognitive development and PSE well-being
Helen has worked in the field of Early Years Physical Development for many years as trainer and educator. She contacted me regarding CPD opportunities – and subsequently – I attended a training day she delivered for Islington Council in London. She then attended a two day Level 3 course that I taught in April 2015. Helen is calm, considered and professional in her interactions with learners. She listens well and is able to adapt and react to their different needs and demands with tact and confidence. She has a wealth of personal experience in the performing arts that is apparent in her enthusiasm and enjoyment of movement and music. Helen is also willing to absorb advice and guidance from fellow professionals and keeps an enviably open mind regarding new initiatives and approaches to young children’s physical development. She is well organised and thorough in her preparation and follow up administration. I would highly recommend her services – she would be a proactive and vibrant member of your team.
Dr Lala Manners - Director ‘activematters’
Helen Battelley has led Early Years movement skills training at Bedgrove Infant School for several years, equipping our trainees with excellent knowledge on how to teach physical development in the most effective way. When we set up the school based ITT programme in 2016, I felt it was crucial that trainees working towards being Early Years specialists had an in depth understanding of the importance of movement on other areas of learning and development. Within this exceptional training, Helen has worked with our small group of trainees since the introduction of the course and we have enabled several members of our staff team to also access this training. The impact of the training is very clear as the trainees teach movement skills confidently right from the outset and are often able to influence and develop the practice of their teacher tutors too. I would not hesitate to recommend Helen as a trainer; her passion, outstanding knowledge and approachability enable trainees (and teachers) to build their own confidence and understanding in this area.
“The music and movement session by Helen was very enjoyable. Helen’s knowledge and expertise around the importance of movement and music not just in early years but across the primary curriculum, provided me with some great ideas and activities that I could implement daily into my teaching and into the provision” “You know how much I loved Helen’s training and the principles of music and movement. We had our first “proper” PE lesson this week and I did a music and movement based lesson - which the children absolutely loved! I try to incorporate music and movement into as many areas as possible and even used it in phonics this week. The children respond so well to these ideas and, particularly this year, I feel the children who find it difficult to communicate are so fully engaged and involved when I use music and movement”
Referee’s name, position and organisation if available Carolyn Lee (Initial Teacher Training Lead and Head of Early Years, Bedgrove Infant School)
'Helen's passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication in her field demonstrate her commitment to dance and children’s learning journeys'