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The following publications are often useful for planning physical activity policies and programs in early childhood services.

Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (birth to 5 years)

The guidelines contain Australia's Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep Recommendations including links to brochures, a summary fact sheet for each of the guidelines, tips and ideas for how to be physically active, as well as evidence review reports.

Booklets on child development targeting Aboriginal parents and carers

NSW Government’s Family & Community Services provides information booklets for Aboriginal parents and carers on basic child development (birth to 5 years of age), including healthy eating and physical activity. There are 14 booklets representing Aboriginal regions throughout NSW.

Early childhood physical activity resources available from Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing

  • Move Baby Move – a booklet for parents, carers and educators that includes appropriate physical experiences for babies as they develop
  • Active Alphabet – a resource designed for toddlers and their parents, carers and educators to promote basic active movement skills while also learning important health messages. There are two booklets – one for parents, carers and educators and one for toddlers
  • Let's Get Moving – a booklet for parents, carers and educators that includes learning experiences to get preschoolers active.

Click HERE to access the Move Baby Move, Active Alphabet and Let's Get Moving resources.  

Get Up & Grow

The Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood 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;
  • posters;
  • stickers;
  • flyers; and
  • a CD-ROM containing newsletter inserts and each flyer.

Smart Start: How exercise can transform a child's life

"Smart Start" by Margaret Sasse is an informative and practical early childhood text that focuses on the importance of physical activity for children birth to 5½ years of age.

SunSmart Early Childhood Program

SunSmart program supports early childhood services in developing and implementing a sun protection policy that reduces children’s exposure to UV radiation and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Being SunSmart sends a positive message to the community and can also help services meet licensing and accreditation requirements.

Generation SunSmart

Generation SunSmart is a free online learning tool. The site contains learning modules for staff and educators in the early childhood education and care sector, with interactive information, quizzes and games. After signing up, staff and educators can complete the modules at their own pace, saving their progress, and are able to revisit previous lessons. This site provides comprehensive information and tips about skin cancer, keeping safe in the sun and including sun protection in the learning program. Once competed, a Generation SunSmart certificate will be sent out.

Be SunSmart. Do it for yourself. Do it for the kids.

Cancer Council DVD 

We know that being positive SunSmart role models can sometimes be challenging for educators and staff in care and education services. Yes, we know all about hat hair!

In this short video, Jo O'Brien, Platinum PreSchool Director, shares her personal experience and practical tips of how she and her team overcome some of these challenges. Jo acknowledges that despite early issues, working towards a situation where the children could safely copy the staff and educator's sun protection practices was worth the effort. Plan to use the DVD in your staff meeting or on training days. 

Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games

Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games is a resource developed by the Australian Sports Commission promoting physical activity through traditional Indigenous games. It is aimed at the Kindergarten to year 3 age group. Certain games could be adapted to meet the needs of the older children at your service. For example the ‘Kai Wed’ game on pages 15 and 16 could easily be simplified to play with preschool-aged children.