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Resources for Playgroups and Parents/Carers

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It’s important for children and parents/carers to learn about healthy eating and active play to support children’s development. Recommendations and resources for parents/carers and playgroups, including supported playgroups, have been developed by NSW Health. The resources promote and encourage children’s healthy eating, physical activity, reduced small screen recreation time and oral health.

Playgroups, including supported playgroups, can provide engaging, educational and fun healthy eating and active play activities at the group session and also encourage carers/families to practice healthy eating and active play at home.

This page has links to guidelines, information and fun activities for parents/carers and playgroups, who want to support children to eat healthy food and participate in active play.

These resources are also suitable for other groups where parents/carers and young children attend together.

 

  • Healthy Eating and Active Play Guidelines for parents/carers

Healthy eating for children aged 0-5 years

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Physical activity, small screen recreation and sedentary behaviour for children aged 0-5 years

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  • Activities for families – to use at playgroup or home

 Healthy Eating

Cultural exploration

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Eat a rainbow

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Fruit tree

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Fruit and vegetable heads

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Memory game

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Fruit and vegetable matching game

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 Recipes

Healthy snack: Fruit and vegetable kebabs

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Healthy snack: Banana split

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Recipe 1: Pikelets

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Recipe 2: Banana smoothie

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Recipe 3: Vegetable sticks with dip

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Recipe 4: Cheesy Rissoles

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Active Play

Active play for toddlers 12-24 months

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Active play activities

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Get active each day

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Be active together

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Active play at home

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Active kids are happy kids

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Newborn moves

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Early moves

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New moves

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Infant moves

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  • Activity resources for group facilitators

Healthy Eating

Make your own books

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Books books books

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Cooking demonstration: Pikelets

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Cooking demonstration: Banana smoothie

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Cooking demonstration: Vegetable sticks with hummus dip

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Cooking demonstration: Cheesy rissoles

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Cooking demonstration template – add your own recipe to share with your playgroup

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Checklist for planning healthy snacks and drinks at playgroup

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Planning healthy snacks and drinks poster

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Planning healthy snacks and drinks handout for parents

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Active Play

Newborn moves facilitator information

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Early moves facilitator information

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New moves facilitator information

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Infant moves facilitator information

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  • Healthy Eating and Active Play Guidelines for auspice organisations and playgroups

Healthy Eating

5 simple steps to developing Healthy Eating Guidelines

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Guidelines for healthy eating for organisations

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Guidelines for healthy eating for a group session or service

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Active Play

5 simple steps to developing Active Play Guidelines

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Guidelines for active play and small screen recreation for organisations

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Guidelines for active play and small screen recreation for a group session or service

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Not what you were after? If you are an early childhood educator, you may wish to learn more about the Munch & Move program