Sue Atkins In Conversation With …..Gill Connell – Why a Moving Child is a Learning Child!



International Lecturer, Author and Consultant, Teacher, Mum & Grandmum


“A moving child is a learning child.”

Gill is a globally recognised child development authority, specialising in the foundations of learning through movement and play. Gill provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and international companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her 30+ years in preschool and primary education.

With her best-selling books

Moving to Learn – Crowe; Connell

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child – Connell; McCarthy

Move Play and Learn With Smart Steps – Connell; Pirie;

Gill has influenced the education of preschoolers nationwide in New Zealand, and is branching out worldwide with new and exciting Moving Smart initiatives.

Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. That’s why Moving Smart™ offers programmes to foster children’s natural, move-to-learn style, while helping parents and teachers understand the comprehensive benefits of all that wiggling!


Movement is the natural starting point for all early childhood development and the central building block for all the learning yet to come. For instance, did you know…

FIDGETING is how kids learn to LISTEN & FOCUS.

DANGLING from the monkeybars develops GOOD PENMANSHIP & dexterity for writing


DANCING leads to better MATH SKILLS.

CHASING THE BALL helps kids learn to READ.

Gill ConnellInterview with Gill Connell – learning through movement and play

Sue interviews the amazing Gill Connell from New Zealand about how physical play helps children develop their brains! It’s a remarkable interview where Gill shares some expert knowledge which is bound to surprise you. Did you know how important it is to make sure your child is being physically active? Gill explains exactly what types of activity develop which parts of children’s brains. Amazing!