Starting2Move Project

From the very beginning, movement is an important part of all our lives and promotes healthy growth and development.


Paediatric physiotherapists use their expertise in movement to promote healthy development, and health lifestyles, for children and young people from birth to 19 years.

We wanted to create a space for families and professionals to access credible and inclusive early years movement information.

We set up a project called Starting2Move to bring together a range of practical tips and resources to support movement in the early years of life.

You can find more about the Starting2Move Project here

We are still developing this work, and we are now expanding this movement hub to be inclusive of the whole of the population that we serve.

We are looking to establish partnerships with people who are interested in supporting healthy movement for all. If you'd like to collaborate on this work, or can offer support in any way. Please contact our team on: 


We are extremely grateful for anyone who has supported this project.

The Starting2Move project was funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. This project was created, and led, by Jemma Bell – APCP Public Relations Officer, Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with great support from APCP Administration, Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Much of the content in this online resource has been transformed from existing APCP resources. This information is produced by APCP members after an initial review of literature and where there is a lack of evidence, a consensus of expert opinion has been agreed.

We are extremely grateful for the ongoing commitment from our members to improve support for the breadth of communities that we serve.

Specific thanks are listed for the following persons for their generous input throughout the course of the development of this project. 

Alan Macdonald (Current APCP Chair), Fiona Price (APCP Administrator), Rachel Knight-Lozano (APCP Publications Officer), Penny Walsh (APCP North East Regional Representative, and co-author of the Don't Delay the Play Project), Jane Sellar (APCP Vice Chair at time of project application to CSP, and Chair during project progression), Michelle Baylis (APCP Chair at time of project application) and Frances Slowie (Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapist, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust). 

We extend our gratitude to the families that we work with, and professionals from other disciplines who have provided insights that have shaped this project.  We would like to name the following for their support. 

Victoria Mitchinson - Paediatric Physiotherapy Operational Lead at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Niina Kolehmainen (Reader in Allied Child Health at Newcastle University). 

Julie Blackburn -Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Professional Advisor (North West region).

Linsday Carr (Paediatric Occupational Therapist, and co-author of the Don't Delay the Play Project).

Hannah Littler-Smith is the artist who has produced these illustrations, with guidance from the Association of Chartered Paediatric Physiotherapists. 

The illustrations included within the project resources have been funded by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, with contributions from the Great North Children’s Hospital Charity.