Munch & Move is a fun, play-based program that aims to support young children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits. The program 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
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.
Through fun games we teach the children the fundamental movement skills.
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are a specific set of gross motor skills that involve different body parts. These skills are the building blocks for more complex skills that children will learn throughout their lives to competently participate in games, sports and recreational activities.
Children do not naturally learn how to correctly perform FMS as part of their normal growth and development. It is essential that as educators we provide children with intentional opportunities to explore and practice these skills to encourage development and confidence in the FMS. The earlier that FMS are introduced through play and exploration, the more likely children will be to engage in physical activity throughout their lives, developing competence and confidence.
We teach the children about healthy eating through stories, songs, cooking experiences, growing our own fruits and vegetables, role modelling and providing a healthy menu.
For further information healthykids.nsw.gov.au