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Early primary teachers have an important role to play to help children and their families make movement and exercise part of everyday life.
There are lots of fun and easy tips that you can share with families to try out at home, and your school can set a good example for children through educational messages, policies and the school environment.
Children aged 5-8 years old should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. It can be in little chunks of time and doesn’t need to happen all at once. Moderate activities are things like a brisk walk, a bike ride, or active play at lunchtime. Vigorous activities will make children “huff and puff”—these might include running, swimming laps, dancing, football or netball.
Movement and exercise for kids
Promoting movement and exercise:
You might like to share our Grow & Thrive information for parents of 5-8 year old children with parents or caregivers of children at your school—these are packed with information and fun tips on movement and exercise.
There are lots of other resources that you can share with families like the Australian Government’s A Healthy and Active Australia website, and the Raising Children Network website. When more help is needed, families can also speak with health professionals including family doctors and paediatricians.
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