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By Website Team Technicians 20 Sep, 2017

Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.
Our Munch and Move program supports a physical activity environment which includes both indoor and outdoor play. We have equipment that can be used both indoors and outdoors. This equipment includes large pieces like balance beams or small equipment such as bean bags. Whatever encourages movement indoors and outdoors!

 

Benefits of physical activity:

  • Promoting healthy growth and development
  • Building strong bones and muscles
  • Improving balance, coordination and strength
  • Maintaining and developing flexibility
  • Improving posture
  • Assisting with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills
  • Providing the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills
  • Helping to establish connections between different parts of the brain
  • Improving concentration and thinking skills
  • Improving confidence and self-esteem
  • Relieving stress and promoting relaxation
  • Providing opportunities to develop social skills and make friends
  • Improving sleep.

 

Recommendations:

  • Infants (Birth to 1 Year) – Supervised floor based play in a safe environment.
  • Toddlers & Pre-School aged children (1 to 3 years & 3-5 years) – Should be physically active for at least 3 hours each day.
  • Infants, toddlers and preschool aged children should not be sedentary, restrained or kept inactive for more than one hour at a time (with the exemption of sleeping).

By Website Team Technicians 29 Aug, 2017
What can we do to make a change?:
 

 1. Get active each day
-Regular physical activity is an important part of healthy growth in young children.
-Children should be getting 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Walking, running, ball games and everything in-between!
-Parents need to be great role models for their children and join in!
 

 2. Choose water as a drink
-Water is the best way to quench your thirst!!
-Reduced fat milk for children over 2 is a good source of calcium and is nutritious
 

 3. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-Eating fresh fruit and vegetables helps children grow and develop
-Aim to give your children two serves and fruit and five serves of vegetables each day
 
 4. Switch off the screen!
-Children should spend NO more than 2hrs a day watching a screen.
-Plan a range of activities to reduce screen time
 

 5. Eat fewer snack and select healthy alternatives
-Healthy snacks help children meet their daily nutritional needs
 
Remember that parents are the best role models and to get active and involved in a healthy lifestyle!
By Website Team Technicians 18 Aug, 2017

Screen time is where children sit in front of or with an electrical device such as TV, iPad, Phones, Ipods etc. Research has shown that children in Australia are spending to much time being sedentary or inactive with screens and not enough time being active, this can lead to health problems now and in their future.

Giggles and Atlas implement on a regular basis ‘Screen Free Days” where all the rooms within the Centre’s put away their Screen devices for the day and complete a range of active activities. These can be activities that are focusing on children using fundamental gross motor skills such as running, jumping, skipping, using spatial awareness skills, stamina, ball skills and much much more! Not only gross motor skills are focused on but also keeping the mind active by completing cognitive and sensory processing skills as well through problem solving puzzles, matching games, sequencing games, art and craft for imagination and the list goes on!

Some effects of too much Screen Time:

Looking at a screen intensely can cause sore, irritated and dry eyes, headaches and fatigue.

Looking down at a device can make your child’s neck and spine uncomfortable.

Being inactive for long periods using a screen can lead to a less active lifestyle, which could lead to obesity.

Parent Feedback:

“I love this idea, my daughter is obsessed with all things electronic, I can’t wait to implement at home.”

“We have implemented this at home and my children have learnt to love these days as we spend family time playing board games and other activities.”

Tips for reducing screen time at home:

- Set time limits for Electronic device use at home

- Designate the occasional Screen-Free day at home

- Use background music instead of background Tv

- Eat at the table with the Tv off

- Keep Tv’s and computers out of your child’s bedroom

- Be an active role model for your child


If you would like more information on this topic you can refer to: www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au

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