Munch & Move is an NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children from birth to five years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices).
Munch & Move offers training and resources to educators working in NSW early childhood education and care services. The training program assists services to implement a fun, play-based approach to supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The program also fits within the National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.
For more Munch & Move information and loads of resources, go to NSW Health’s Healthy Kids website.
As an excellent additional local resource, the Central Coast Health Promotion Service has created a series of infographics to support key health messages. Early childhood services are encouraged to use them in their newsletters and other communications to families. You can access a selection of infographics here, or contact our project officer below to request other options.
How healthy is your childcare menu?
If you’re a cook, educator or health worker who wants to assess the nutritional value of an early childhood education and care service menu, then you’ll want to visit our new healthy menu support page.
We’ve made it easy for you to assess your menu with our 12-step menu assessment video. By the end of the video, you’ll be able to tell if your menu complies with the nutrition checklist found in NSW Health’s Caring for Children: Birth to 5 years – giving you peace of mind that children are getting the required 50% of their everyday nutritional needs while in your care. You will even be able to give your menu a star rating based on the key menu elements found in Caring for Children.
Newsletters and fact sheets
To read the latest Central Coast Munch & Move news, download our newsletter. You can also sign up to receive the newsletter straight into your inbox – just complete the form below.
Additionally, our Good Bite fact sheets, developed by the Central Coast Public Health and Community Nutrition team, contain recipes and advice for parents and carers of children ages 0–5 years old. Read the latest edition for parents and carers here, and the dedicated version for childcare staff here.
You can view previous Munch & Move newsletters and Good Bite fact sheets here.
For enquirers regarding Munch & Move on the Central Coast, please contact project officer, Jeff Smith, on 4320 9765, or complete the form below.