Munch & Move aims to promote and encourage positive healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children aged birth to 5 years in Early Childhood Education and Care services.
Munch & Move is based on six health promoting key messages:
• Encourage and support breastfeeding
• Choose water as a drink
• Choose healthier snacks
• Eat more fruit and vegetables
• Get active each day
• Turn off the screen and get active
At Amy Hurd Early Learning Centre most of our Educators and cooks are trained in the Munch and Move program. This has included specific training through NSW Health at sessions with other early childhood colleagues as well as in house training at team meetings with the use of a Staff Development program.
We agreed that children who develop healthy eating and physical activity habits from a young age are more likely to continue these healthy habits into adulthood.
Throughout NSW children spend significant amounts of time in early childhood education and care (ECEC) services, hence the importance to promote appropriate healthy eating and physical activity habits to these children. We also provide information to their families.
The Munch & Move program has strong alignment to the National Quality Framework (NQF) with links to all 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS), the 5 Outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Get Up & Grow healthy eating guidelines and physical activity recommendations.