Kids and families
Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of children and can be beneficial for their health and wellbeing as they grow into young adults.
Encouraging children to be active every day can help to prevent a range of chronic diseases and reduce risk factors including heart disease, some cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Being physically active also helps to promote mental wellbeing and maintain healthy development and growth.
Childhood is a period where education about healthy eating and physical activity is key to establishing healthy habits that last a lifetime.
Early childhood is the perfect place to begin healthy behaviours to last throughout life.
The Munch & Move program provides training to early childhood educators to promote and support healthy behaviours of young children. The program encourages educators to embed fundamental movement skills as daily practice and provide opportunities for physical activity throughout their services to support active play.
Picnic 3-6 is a new program being offered to parents of children aged 3-6 years living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. More information will be available soon.
Life Life Well @ School is a school-based program that promotes healthy eating and physical activity for children in years K-6. It enhances teachers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in teaching nutrition and physical activity and promotes a whole-of-school approach to encourage physical activity and active play opportunities for students.
Go4fun is a free program to help children become fitter, healthier and happier. It supports healthy lifestyle changes for children and their families, providing interactive and informative sessions for children aged 7 to 13 years. Go4Fun is an effective referral option for health professionals working with children on the Mid North Coast.
Active Kids Vouchers are available for primary aged children to access community sports. The program promotes children’s participation in organised sports and can help to boost their interest in sporting activities outside of school.
You can find loads of tips and resources to get more active every day as a family on the Healthy Eating Active Living NSW website.
The Active Kids program provides a $50 voucher per child. The voucher is available from 1 July 2023 and expires on 31 January 2024. There are more than 12,000 registered providers available in NSW.
The First Lap voucher program is aimed at preschool-aged children. The program provides a $50 voucher for parents, guardians, and carers of children aged 3-6 years who are not enrolled in school to help pay for swimming lessons.
A First Lap Voucher can be used when paying for an eligible child’s swimming lessons with a registered First Lap Provider.
First Lap vouchers are available from 1 July 2023 and expire on 30 June 2024.
Apply here for a First Lap voucher.
Check out the registered providers across the mid north coast: