Punchbowl Public School

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Munch & Move

Munch & Move is a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices),

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Why do we Munch & Move?

Early childhood is the ideal time for children to develop and practice healthy eating and physical activity habits; this includes learning a range of fundamental movement skills that will help children take part in and enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.

Because Children spend a large amount of time in our preschool, our educators are intentional in the way they respond and plan experiences to increase awareness of appropriate physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Establishing sound eating and activity habits from an early age gives children the best chance of leading a healthy life and maintaining a healthy weight. Munch & Move supports the NSW Government’s priority of preventing childhood overweight and obesity.

Our educators use the Munch & Move program resources to teach fundamental movement skills to children throughout the year as part of a broad outdoor program. 


The Munch & Move program has a strong alignment to the National Quality Framework


3.2 Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing. 

Further information on the EYLF can be found in Information For Families Guide, this document is available in 12 languages.



This is evident when children:

  • recognise and communicate their bodily needs (for example, thirst, hunger, rest, comfort, physical activity).
  • are happy, healthy, safe and connected to others.
  • engage in increasingly complex sensory-motor skills and movement patterns.
  • combine gross and fine motor movement and balance to achieve increasingly complex patterns of activity including dance, creative movement and drama.
  • use their sensory capabilities and dispositions with increasing integration, skill and purpose to explore and respond to their world.
  • demonstrate spatial awareness and orient themselves, moving around and through their environments confidently and safely.
  • manipulate equipment and management tools with increasing competence and skill respond through movement to traditional and contemporary music, dance and storytelling.
  • show an increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition.
  • show increasing independence and competence in personal hygiene, care and safety for themselves and others.
  • show enthusiasm for participating in physical play and negotiate play spaces to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others.



Educators promote this learning by:

  • plan for and participate in energetic physical activity with children, including dance, drama, movement and games.
  • draw on family and community experiences and expertise to include familiar games and physical activities in play.
  • provide a wide range of tools and materials to resource children’s fine and gross motor skills.
  • actively support children to learn hygiene practices.
  • promote continuity of children’s personal health and hygiene by sharing ownership of routines and schedules with children, families and the community.
  • discuss health and safety issues with children and involve them in developing guidelines to keep the environment safe for all.
  • engage children in experiences, conversations and routines that promote healthy lifestyles and good nutrition.
  • consider the pace of the day within the context of the community.
  • model and reinforce health, nutrition and personal hygiene practices with children.
  • provide a range of active and restful experiences throughout the day and support children to make appropriate decisions regarding participation.