Early childhood is the best time for children to learn healthy eating and physical activity habits that will help them to live healthy and active lives into the future. Early childhood services (e.g. preschools, long day care and family day care providers) play an important role in raising healthy children.
The Health Promotion Service works with early childhood services to put into practice the Munch & Move program. Through the Munch & Move program early childhood services are supported to create healthy childcare environments for children and to provide a fun, play based program for children aged 0-5 years that teaches them about healthy eating and develops their physical activity skills.
Our team provides support to service directors, educators and cooks to:
• Teach children about healthy food and drink choices,
• Plan and serve healthy and nutritious meals,
• Develop children’s skills and confidence to be physically active,
• Encourage children to turn off screens and be active,
• Support mother’s to continue breastfeeding,
• Work with parents to ensure support children’s health and wellbeing.
We support early childhood services across South Eastern Sydney with one to one support, free local training workshops, helpful resources and advice as needed.
If you are a service director, educator or cook and would like to find out more about the program please contact SESLHD-HPSAdministration@health.nsw.gov.au.
- Fact sheets on a range topics including healthy eating, physical activity, reducing screen time and breastfeeding
Babies and Toddlers
Children and Families
- Learn how to eat healthier and move more as a family whilst also saving time and money: Small steps for families to make healthy normal
- Quick and easy healthy recipes for busy families: Healthy recipes for children and families
- Child friendly recipes
- Breastfeeding in NSW - Promotion, Protection and Support
- Breastfeeding tips for new mothers
- Breastfeeding after breast surgery
- Breast care when your baby has died
- Breastfeeding support while hospitalised or unwell
- Expressing and storing breastmilk
- Supplementary feeds for healthy, term babies
- Preparing formula feeds And sterilising bottles
- Returning to work while breastfeeding
- Use and care of dummies (pacifiers)
- Using nipple shields
- Weaning or suppressing lactation
Services that are trained in the Munch & Move program are eligible to receive the full range of resources and individualised support from a member of our team.
Be part of the Munch & Move program by signing up to the online, self-paced eLearning training package.
Completing the e-learning-Munch & Move Professional Development Training will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD https://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/campaigns-programs/munch-move-program-training/training-information.aspx.
Local Munch & Move training workshops are also available throughout the year on a range of fun and interesting topics to support educators to implement the program. To find out more about our upcoming training workshops or to discuss program training please contact SESLHD-HPS-Administration@health.nsw.gov.au.
Resources for educators:
A range of Munch & Move program resources is available to download here
Resources for cooks
The Caring for Children - Birth to Five Years manual provides practical information for cooks, directors and educators to meet the food and nutrition needs of children aged birth to five years, whilst in care.
The full manual, as well as a range of menu planning tools, tip sheets and checklists is available to download here