Early childhood programs
The Queensland Government is committed to giving babies and young children an active start.
Our early years are a crucial time to establish a healthy approach to physical activity. If young children are engaged in enjoyable physical activity at an early age, they are more likely to become active teenagers and adults.
Unfortunately, there is growing concern that young children are becoming less active. Basic motor skills like throwing, catching, hitting and kicking are rarely happening in children's play.
Ideas to get kids active
Anyone caring for children (parents, carers, child care professionals) has an important role in nurturing their growth and development. Physical activity is a great way to do this. The following resources will give you ideas on how to include activity into a child's day.
- Move Baby Move - a booklet for parents that includes appropriate activities for babies as they develop
- Active Alphabet - consists of two booklets - one for parents and carers; and one for toddlers
- Let's Get Moving - a booklet for parents, teachers and early childhood carers that includes games and activities to help preschoolers get active
Benefits of being active
Physical activity is not only enjoyable for babies and young children, it also helps them become stronger and healthier as they grow. The benefits of physical activity for babies and young children include:
- learning fundamental physical skills - walking, climbing, balancing and catching;
- improved general health - healthy growth and development of bones, muscles and cardio- respiratory systems;
- improved emotional wellbeing - increased confidence and happiness;
- improved mental health - better concentration and ability to manage anxiety and stress; and
- enhanced social skills - development of friendships and skills such as cooperation and teamwork.