KIDDO Online Certificate of Physical Literacy

Course Overview

The KIDDO Certificate of Physical Literacy is a role-specific online professional learning course authored by world-leading experts and practitioners designed to build the knowledge and capacity of educators and coaches to deliver programs that encourage the development of physical literacy in children aged 2-8 years of age.

Target Audience:

-  Early Childhood teachers  -

-  Primary School Physical Education teachers  -

-  Primary School teachers  -

-  Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) Providers  -

-  Coaches of children aged 2-8 years  -

-  Parents  -

Time to complete: Approximately 3-4 hours


Program Content

Six online lessons (each lesson takes approximately 30 minutes to complete) are contained in the role-specific Certificate of Physical Literacy. Three different courses are available targeted to; teachers and support staff working in Primary Schools, educators and carers working in Early Childhood Education and Care services, and Coaches. Participants need to complete all six lessons to gain a Certificate of Physical Literacy. Additional lessons to help provide ongoing learning opportunities will be circulated to participants every three months.


Course Description

This online physical literacy course provides participants the opportunity to gain the theoretical knowledge on the importance of physical literacy and its associated constructs, including the latest research in this area as well as practical experience in applying this knowledge in the setting they work in, whether it be school, ECEC centre sporting club or at home. Additionally, participants will gain hands-on experience in assessing the movement skills of children and developing and implementing session plans to help children gain the confidence, skills, knowledge, and motivation to be physically literate.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the components of and the importance of physical literacy
  • Identify key elements in delivering a physical literacy program in your setting
  • Explain the importance of fundamental movement skills and the role they play in children's development and their physical literacy journey
  • Understand how to effectively develop and deliver FMS programs in the early years
  • Know the different types of Fundamental Movement Skill assessment tools and be able to utilise appropriate tools to provide information on children’s FMS development
  • Understand the importance of physical literacy for children who have difficulty moving and identify strategies for inclusion and modified learning
  • Understand the foundations of motivation and that motivation differs in quality, not just quantity
  • Identify specific tactics that can be used to increase motivation when instructing physical activity
  • Be able to plan and deliver age-appropriate learning programs to support the development of physical literacy for all children in your environment

Lesson Details


Theme: Developing Knowledge and Understanding

Importance of Physical Literacy

Author: Professor John Cairney, University of Queensland

Active Early Childhood Education and Care Environments

Authors: Professor Dawne Clark, Mount Royal University, A/Professor Hayley Christian, UWA

How does a child’s brain development relate to physical literacy?

Author: Professor Dawne Clark, Mount Royal University


Theme: Developing Skills and Physical Competence

What are Fundamental Movement Skills?

Author: Dr James Rudd, Liverpool John Moores University

Assessing Fundamental Movement Skills

Authors: Associate Professor Lisa Barnett, Deakin University, Dr James Rudd, Liverpool John Moores University

Teaching FMS in Early Childhood

Authors: Mr Andy Hair, Physical Education & Physical Literacy Coach and Teacher, Ms Christina Polatajko, Primary School PE Specialist

Physical Literacy in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)

Authors: Associate Professor Hayley Christian, UWA, Author: Professor Dawne Clark, Mount Royal University


Theme: Developing Motivation and Confidence

Behaviour Change for Children

Author: Associate Professor Ben Jackson, Director of Physical Activity and Healthy Living Group, UWA

Promoting Motivation in Children

Author: Prof. James Dimmock, James Cook University

Physical Literacy for All

Authors: Dr Melissa Licari, Telethon Kid's Institute, Dr Siobhan Reid, UWA




KIDDO would like to acknowledge Healthway and Sport Australia their support in development of the KIDDO Online Certificate of Physical Literacy