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Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives


posted by WM Admin on 13 May 2018

These Guidelines provide population health advice to support health practitioners, early childhood educators, regional sports trusts and others who provide advice to parents, caregivers and whānau or families on physical activity for children under five years of age.

The Guidelines:

  • include new sleep recommendations, which are integrated with the updated physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations for all under-fives
  • are based on current international evidence for under-fives
  • outline the benefits of playing in the natural environment, an important cultural concept in New Zealand
  • suggest practical, low-cost activities that parents, caregivers and whānau or families can do with under-fives to assist the children’s development
  • are consistent with the Ministry’s Clinical Weight Management Guidelines for Children and Young People, Sport New Zealand’s Physical Literacy Approach and Principles of Play, and the Ministry of Education’s Te Whāriki: Early childhood education curriculum
  • are accompanied by an infographic poster, which can be downloaded and printed from the Ministry’s website
  • will be accompanied by easy to understand health education resources for the general public.

The guidelines are available at:

Ministry of Health (2017). Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives. Wellington: Ministry of Health.