Physical activity and healthy eating in Early Childhood (0-5) is important for healthy child development and setting the stage for lifelong healthy behaviours. Appetite to Play is an initiative designed to support early years providers promote and encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Appetite to Play provides healthy eating and physical activity recommended practices and practice support resources for early years providers to use in a variety of settings including: daycare centres, family based childcare, preschool and parent participation programs.
The interactive website includes healthy eating and physical activity self-assessment and planning tools, tips and ideas, recipes, games and activities. An online community offers the opportunity for early years providers to connect and share ideas and successes around physical activity and healthy eating in the early years.
Training opportunities including regional training workshops and physical literacy and food literacye-learning modules present opportunities for early years providers to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence in providing environments that incorporate healthy eating and physical activity.