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.
- Western Sydney Webinars
In-lieu of face-to-face workshops, the Munch & Move team are running a series of FREE live webinars on topics related to healthy eating and physical activity.
- New eLearning Munch & Move program training
The Munch & Move eLearning program training contains videos, interactive activities, reflective practice questions and a discussion forum which will provide you with the knowledge, skills and resources to embed healthy eating and physical activity into your service. The training is self-paced (on average it takes approximately 3 hours) and can be completed over multiple occasions.
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- Staff Development Kit (SDK)
To ensure all your staff are aware and on board with the Munch & Moveprogram, it is essential that each staff member complete Munch & Move training. The easiest way to do this is by completing the SDK. Having all your staff trained makes it easier to implement and embed the program in your service on a daily basis.
Success of Munch & Move requires all staff being on board and trained in the program. The SDK assists educators who have attended Munch & Move training to share their learning and up-skill other educators and staff at their service.
The SDK is 7 online video modules that are about 20mins each in length. Each video module focuses on a key Munch & Move message including physical activity, healthy snacks, breastfeeding and appropriate screen time. They can be watched together by a group of educators during staff meetings, or they can be completed individually. To access the modules, click on the link and enter the password (provided to you by your support officer).
- Healthy Menu Planning Workshops
The Munch & Move program is offering free online professional development on healthy menu planning for services cooks and leaders in NSW early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in 2021.
Healthy Menu Planning (HMP) Online is a two-part live webinar series based on the NSW Health Caring for Children: Birth to 5 years (Food, Nutrition and Learning Experiences) resource. The training includes the following topics:
-Why healthy eating is important for children
-The Australian Dietary Guidelines for children aged 0 to 5 years old
-The ECEC services requirements under the National Quality Framework
Planning menus based on the Caring for Children guidelines
-Modifying recipes to make them healthier
-Reading and understanding food labels
-Managing challenges such as food costs, fussy eaters, food intolerances and allergies
Healthy Menu Planning Online is delivered by the Early Childhood Training and Resource Centre (ECTARC), a registered training organisation that specialise in early childhood training and professional development.
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- HEAP Conference recordings
Find the recordings to the HEAP 2021 Conference including topics such as service management, conversations with families and programming with play.