Making It Happen helps to support the day-to-day healthy eating and physical activity practices in ECECs, incorporation of Munch & Move key messages into service policies, and building partnerships with families.

A Whole of Service Approach

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For Munch & Move to be effectively implemented we recommend a ‘whole of service’ approach. This means bringing together directors, management, educators, staff, children and families to promote healthy eating and physical activity. A ‘whole of service’ approach requires coordinated action across all 4 areas of Munch & Move - Munch, Move, Monitor and Making It Happen.

This site provides a variety of ideas and resources that ECEC services can use when implementing Munch & Move at your service. We encourage that you use these ideas as well as help from your Munch & Move Support Officer to ensure that healthy eating, physical activity and reduced screen time are embedded at your service.

 

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Staff Training

The first, and most important element of the Munch & Move program is staff training and making sure all your staff are familiar and confident of their role in implementing the program. We provide a range of free online and face-to-face training options and resources to directors, educators and cooks working in centre-based early childhood services and Family Day Care Service Providers/ Coordinators in Western Sydney to help you deliver the best program possible. 

Whether you are new to Munch & Move, no longer have current staff trained at your service, or you want to refresh or extend your training, then we have an option to suit you.
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Policies

The Munch & Move program provides services with sample policy templates on breastfeeding, healthy eating, physical activity and small screen recreation. You can use the policy templates as they are, or adapt them to suit your service style - just ensure that you keep the elements of the policy as this will assist your service to incorporate the Munch & Move key messages into policy and practice.

Good policies help set a consistent standard throughout the service and are a great tool to communicate the service expectations with staff and families.

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Munch & Move Action Plan

To help implement the Munch & Move program at your service, we encourage all services to develop a Munch & Move action plan. This plan will help your service identify the great things you are already doing to promote the Munch & Move key messages. Your service can then prioritise other areas of the Munch & Move program that you can continue to work towards improving.

This Munch & Move Action plan can be incorporated into your service Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). If you need assistance, your Munch & Move Support Officer can help you develop your Munch & Move Action Plan.

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Partnerships with Families

Educators form close relationships with families that provide an opportunity to discuss ways to maximise the well-being of their children and support the family to make healthy lifestyle choices.

There are lots of ways you can engage families in your service:

  • Involve families in the development of your breastfeeding, nutrition, physical activity and small screen time policies and practices
  • Communicate with families about the Munch & Move key messages in a variety of ways including newsletters, day books, notice boards, parent orientation manuals or discussions with parents and pick up and drop off times.
  • Include the Munch & Move newsletter snippets in your service newsletter
  • Insert the Munch & Move Family Orientation Pack in your parent orientation manual
  • Send home the The Veggie Patch Family Healthy Adventures Book to families
  • Model the Munch & Move key messages through other service activities such as healthy fundraising options and healthy catering at family events

Implementation Awards

To acknowledge services for implementing the Munch & Move program and Making It Happen, we offer an award scheme for Western Sydney ECEC services who adopt a ‘whole of service’ approach to Munch & Move. We have 2 awards that services can work to acheive:

Awards are valid for the calendar year and are in recognition of the commitment services make to the Munch & Move program. They are a great way to show your hard work to your families, and a wonderful addition to your Quality Improvement Plan evidence.

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Munch & Move Implementation Award

For services who meet at least 70% of the program adoption indicators.

Awards are valid for the calendar year and are in recognition of the commitment services make to the Munch & Move program. They are a great way to show your hard work to your families, and a wonderful addition to your Quality Improvement Plan evidence.

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Munch & Move Excellence Implementation Award 

For services who meet at least 80% of the program adoption indicators AND have at least 50% of their educators training in Munch & Move and have a current Munch & Move Action Plan.

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Making it Happen Resources

We have a range of resources to help services embed Munch & Move into your daily routines and QIP. These resources can be used to provide staff with Munch & Move training, including Munch & Move key elements into your service policies, and program and report on Munch & Move to all educators and families at the service.
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