Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (birth to 5 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep recommends;
• For healthy development in infants (birth to one year), physical activity should be encouraged several times a day in a range of ways. Younger babies should have at least 30 minutes of tummy time each day, including grasping, pushing and pulling. Babies should not be restrained for more than 1 hour at a time, and should sleep 14-17 hours per day (0-3 months of age) and 12-16 hours per day (4-11 months of age)
• Toddlers (1 to 2 years) should engage in at least 180 minutes of energetic play spread across the day, and sleep between 11 and 14 hours, including naps with consistent routine times.
• Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day. At least 60 minutes should be spent in energetic play. Sedentary screen time should not exceed 1 hour per day. 10-13 hours of good quality sleep (including naps) are also recommended.
Early Start Programs is committed to supporting educators in meeting these guidelines and has partnered with Ready Steady Go Kids, Physi Kids, Yoganastics, Fun-Key Yoga, Active 8, and Future Champs.
Designed to develop balance, strength and coordination in a playful environment, unlike traditional adult yoga, the children at fun-key yoga are animated, noisy and have fun!
Instructors use games, storytelling, music, and props to engage children both physically and mentally.
Designed to develop patience, relaxation and strength through yoga and gymnastics exercises.
Instructors also help the children understand and acknowledge their feelings through mediation.
Ready Steady Go Kids
Ready Steady Go Kids is a multi-sport program for children which teaches kids the fundamentals of 10 sports and develops essential motor skills in a fun and non-competitive environment.
Children learn social skills and emotional resilience through group activities and turn-taking. We have also seen children develop great self-esteem and confidence as they learn new physical skills.
Physical activity is a very important part of children’s development. And by getting the little ones involved in sports early, they are more likely to maintain healthy habits.
This is why Physi-kids not only exposes children to different sports in a non-competitive way, they also focus on subjects like nutrition and health.
Children learn problem-solving skills and incredible social skills.
The program encourages children to learn through exploring and discovering new abilities through physical exercises.
They focus on 8 areas, namely Sports Skills, Aerobic and Cardio, Gross Motor Skills, Co-ordination, Balance, Dance and Cheerleading, Spatial Awareness, and Education.
All activities are integrated in the program to stimulate children’s physical development.
The program’s philosophy is to educate and inspire young children towards a fit and healthy future through a fun and participative environment.
Children learn fundamental physical skills they will utilise for the rest of their lives in a way that allows them to discover that fitness is fun.