About the program

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Munch & Move is a fun play-based program that supports the healthy development of children from birth to 5 years of age attending centre based Early Childhood and Education and Care (ECEC) services and Family Day Care (FDC) services across NSW. The program aims to promote and encourage children’s healthy eating and physical activity and limit small screen recreation. 

Munch & Move aligns with the early childhood National Quality Framework (NQF) and the program can help services meet National Quality Standards (NQS) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes.


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Why do we need Munch & Move?

Early childhood is the ideal time for children to form healthy food and physical activity habits that will give them the best chance of maintaining healthy habits and weight throughout their lives. Many children spend a substantial amount of time in early childhood services, therefore, it is important that these services provide an environment that supports and encourages healthy lifestyles for young children with a focus on physical activity and healthy eating.

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Munch & Move Key Messages

Munch & Move aims to promote and encourage positive healthy eating, physical activity and screen time habits in young children aged birth to 5 years in ECEC services. The program is based on the following 6 key messages:

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A Whole of Service Approach

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.

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Program Adoption Indicators (Practices)

Implementation of the Munch & Move program is monitored through 16 program adoption indicators (also known as practices).  


1 Service encourages and supports breastfeeding
2 Service communicates with families when children’s lunchboxes are not consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines
3 Service menu has been assessed against the Caring for Children guidelines
4 Service provides intentional learning experiences about healthy eating at least 2 times per week
5 Staff create a positive healthy eating environment for children


6 Service provides daily opportunities for fundamental movement skills for children 3-5 years of age 
Service provides opportunities for physical activity for 1-5 year olds at least 30% of the daily opening hours
Service provides a supportive physical activity environment


9  Service use of small screen recreation for all children is appropriate

Making it Happen

10  Service has a written nutrition policy
11  Service has a written policy, procedure or guideline encouraging physical activity 
12  Service has a written policy, procedure or guideline restricting small screen recreation
13  Service has provided health information to families within the past 12 months 
14  Service has at least 50% of primary contact educators that have accessed professional development in nutrition and at least 50% that have accessed professional development in physical activity  
15 Service cook has completed training in providing nutritious meals and snacks for children (only for services who provide meals)
16  Service monitors and reports on healthy eating and physical activity objectives annually as part of their continuous quality improvement process 

Munch & Move 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 achieve:

Munch & Move Implementation Award

Munch & Move Excellence Implementation Award

For services who meet at least 70% of the program adoption indicators For services who meet at least 80% of the program
adoption indicators and have at least 50% of their
educators trained in Munch & Move.
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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.

Not yet a Munch & Move service but interested in getting started?

Get in contact with the local Munch & Move team for access to support, training and Munch & Move resources.



Population Health Information Management System

New South Wales Child Health Survey 2009-2010

Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. What NSW children eat and drink. Report of the Chief Health Officer 2017, Population and Public Health Division. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health, 2017

NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2015

Australian National Infant Feeding Survey 2010-2011

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