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From Telethon Kids Institute: New Physical Activity Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care centres

Are children in your service achieving the recommended amount of physical activity each day?

Early Childhood Education and Care services play an important role in supporting young children to be physically active, healthy and developmentally on track

What is the ‘Play Active’ Physical Activity Policy for Early Childhood Education and Care?

Developed by Telethon Kids Institute, the ‘Play Active’ Physical Activity Policy provides clear guidance on the amount of physical activity and sedentary time (including screen time) children should have whilst attending early childhood education and care. The policy outlines procedures to enable successful implementation of the policy. A Resource Guide is available with practical tips. In an Australian first, there is evidence-based face to face and online training to support educators in providing children with the recommended daily physical activity while attending early childhood education and care.

Where does this fit with the National Quality Standards?

The policy will enable services to be better equipped to meet the Australian National Quality Standards – Quality Area 2.1.3: ‘Healthy eating and physical activity are promoted and appropriate for each child’.

Why is Physical Activity important for young children?

Physical activity provides children with many health and developmental benefits including healthy body weight, improved bone health and cardiovascular fitness, and enhanced cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development. It is important to establish healthy physical activity and sedentary behaviour habits early in life.

The Australian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years recommend children aged between 1 and 5 years old should have a minimum of 3 hours of physical activity per day, mostly through active play. But, only one third of young children achieve this recommendation!


To ensure your service is best placed to meet the physical activity, health and developmental needs of children each day, and support positive child behaviours that last a lifetime, register your interest to receive a copy of the Play Active policy and resources below:

Register your interest in the Play Active policy


For further information please contact us via playce.study@telethonkids.org.au or (08) 6319 1489.

The information we collect is used by Telethon Kids Institute in order to collect personal information to process your registration and conduct normal business. By providing your personal information, you agree that your information will be used and disclosed by Telethon Kids Institute in accordance with the Collection Statement and Privacy Policy available at https://www.telethonkids.org.au/legal/privacy/

This is a joint initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, Queensland University of Technology, University of Southern Denmark, Goodstart Early Learning, Minderoo Foundation-CoLab, Collaborate for Kids, Nature Play Australia, Cancer Council WA, Australian Childcare Alliance, WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and WA Department of Health. The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council provided funding.