Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation

RAMSR trains educators in using rhythmic movement for children's self-regulation and social-emotional development, providing tools and techniques for playful learning.

Program details

  • Priority area: Wellbeing (social and emotional)
  • Primary audience: Educators, parents/carers
  • Delivery mode: Group training, online, resources (books, kits, manuals)
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3 Promising research evidence
  • AEDC sub-domains:
    • Emotional maturity anxious and fearful behaviour
    • Emotional maturity aggressive behaviour
    • Social competence responsibility and respect
  • Item cost: Variable

Program description

Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) builds educators’ capability to engage children in playful and purposeful rhythmic movement activities that support their self-regulation development and overall social-emotional wellbeing. RAMSR is a program for educators, parents/carers and young children aged 2 to 8 years. In the training, participants are provided with content knowledge, skills and resources to enhance the way they use playful rhythm and movement in everyday practice, drawing from the neurological benefits of this type of activity for young children.

In building content and pedagogical knowledge, educators are empowered to embed rhythm and movement experiences in practice as appropriate in their settings, engaging with children with a sense of fun and purpose. Everyday practice can include playful interactions with individual children, transition activities, small or whole group sessions, indoor or outdoor play, or playgroup activity involving both parents/carers and children. Expected outcomes for children include enhanced self-regulation, focus and attention, positive relationships, emotional resilience, positive mental health, social responsibility and helping skills.

Online RAMSR training is available:

  • RAMSR module: 13 hours of learning, moderated over 6 weeks. This module is offered 4 times per year. Please see the website for course dates.

Ongoing support is provided by the RAMSR team through an online community of practice. Registrations for online learning can be made directly through the links provided or alternatively contact ramsr@qut.edu.au to discuss registration and payment options.

Detailed cost

  • RAMSR online module: $495 (including GST) per person for 13 hours of online learning.
  • RAMSR face-to-face workshops: $649 (including GST) per person (5 hours plus breaks, catering included).

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: adults working with or interacting with children aged 2 to 8 years, including educators (of various qualification levels and settings), early years support educators, early years coaches and directors, and parents/carers.
  • Program/practice descriptions and details: the RAMSR approach has been designed and is constantly refined by early childhood educators, early years music specialists and music therapists with extensive experience in the early childhood sector. There are no minimum participant numbers in online training courses and no musical ability is required. There is a minimum number of 30 participants for the face to face workshops held at specific dates and venues in 2024, to be advertised.
  • Program adaptability: face-to-face workshops are available on specific dates in city and regional areas, to be advertised.
  • Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. The online module requires approximately 67 hours of online learning and 47 hours of practicing the program with children (up to a total of 13 hours of learning). this can be done at the educators own pace within 12 months duration of course access time.
  • Supervision/Coaching: ongoing support is provided for educators through an online community of practice moderated by the founders of the RAMSR program.
  • Tools and systems: internet is required to access online courses and download resources. If participants choose to print resources, this will be a requirement they will manage at their location. Resources needed for implementing the RAMSR program (upon training completion) include e class sets of rhythm sticks (i.e., inexpensive dowel cut to length), audio track device (e.g., phone, iPad), and a Bluetooth speaker. Animal castanet class sets are optional. RAMSR is designed to require minimal resources at minimal cost.

VEYLDF alignment

Item uses these practice principles

  • Reflective practice
  • Partnerships with families
  • High expectations for every child
  • Respectful relationships and responsible engagement
  • Equity and diversity
  • Assessment for learning and development
  • Integrated teaching and learning approaches
  • Partnerships with professionals

Item responds to these sub-outcomes

Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.