Get Up & Grow
The Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood (new window) resources support early childhood education and care settings to implement national healthy eating and physical activity guidelines. The Get Up & Grow resources consist of:
- a Directors /Coordinators Book
- a Staff/Carers Book
- a Cooking for Children Book
- a Family Book
- a CD-ROM containing newsletter inserts and each flyer.
These resources were updated in 2013 to reflect the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines and Healthy Eating Guidelines.
Specific Get Up & Grow resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childcare educators, families and carers have been developed and include a staff handbook, seven brochures and five posters.
The Get Up & Grow resources are available in English and nine non-english languages (Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Indonesian, Malaysian, Arabic, Turkish and Spanish).
Below are ten healthy eating guidelines for early childhood education and care services.
Healthy eating guideline 1
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended, with positive support for babies until around six months. Continued breastfeeding is recommended for at least 12 months - and longer if the mother and baby wish.
Healthy eating guideline 2
If an infant is not breastfed, is partially breastfed, or if breastfeeding is discontinued, use an infant formula until 12 months of age.
Healthy eating guideline 3
Introduce suitable solids at around six months.
Healthy eating guideline 4
Make sure that food offered to children is appropriate to the child’s age and development, and includes a wide variety of nutritious foods consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
Healthy eating guideline 5
Provide water in addition to age-appropriate milk drinks. Infants under the age of six months who are not exclusively breastfed can be offered cooled boiled water in addition to infant formula.
Healthy eating guideline 6
Plan mealtimes to be positive, relaxed and social.
Healthy eating guideline 7
Encourage children to try different food types and textures in a positive eating environment.
Healthy eating guideline 8
Offer an appropriate amount of food, but allow children to decide themselves how much they will actually eat.
Healthy eating guideline 9
Offer meals and snacks at regular and predictable intervals.
Healthy eating guideline 10
Ensure that food is safely prepared for children to eat – from the preparation stages to consumption.
These healthy eating guidleines have been integrated into the Munch & Move training and resources.