Active play: All kinds of play that involve physical activity, including a range of different movements. Includes unstructured 'free' play and structured 'planned' play (both indoors and outdoors).

Active transport: Types of travel that require physical activity, such as walking, riding a bike or using a scooter.

Baby: A child under the age of 12 months.

Basic food groups: Groups of foods that are classified according to the nutrients they provide. Also known as the 'five food groups' or 'core food groups'.

Early childhood setting: Education and care settings for children from birth to five years - including long day care, family day care, preschool and kindergarten.

Everyday physical tasks: Tasks or chores (completed either indoors or outdoors), such as packing up toys, unpacking the shopping or gardening.

Family foods: Foods that are usualy offered to all family members at meal times, often with a variety of tastes and textures.

Guided discovery: A series of suggestions or questions posed by adults during play, intended to improve children's skills.

Infant: A child under the age of 12 months.

Non-productive sedentary behaviour: Activities that don't require a lot of energy and that are not as necessary to children's development - such as watching television or playing video games. [See also: sedentary behaviour, productive sedentary behaviour]

Outdoor play: Active play that takes place outside.

Pre-schooler child: A child aged from three to five years.

Productive sedentary behaviour: Activities that don't require a lot of energy but which contribute to children's deveopment, health and wellbeing - such as sleep, reading and quiet play. [See also: sedentary behaviour]
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Risky play: Activities that challenge and allow children to explore new movements and tasks. Often perceived by adults as 'risky' because of the risk of bumps, scratches and getting dirty.

Rough and tumble play: Activites that involve children playing boisterously, either alone or with others.

Screen-time: Time spent watching or interacting with electronic screens, such as watching television, or playing handheld or computer games.

Sedentary behaviour: Spending time on physically inactive tasks that do not require a lot of energy to complete, such as reading, sitting in car restraints or watching television. [See also: productive sedentary behaviour; non-productive sedentary behaviour]

Solids: The first solid foods offered to babies, usually at around six months, supplementing the diet of breastfeeds and/or infant formula.

Sometimes foods: Foods which are high in fat, sugar and/or salt, and typically offer little nutritional benefit. Also known as 'extras' or 'occasional foods'.

Staff and carers: Staff and carers working in early childhood education and care settings.

Structured play: Planned activities, that may occur at set times, have certain rules or equipment, and that are usually facilitated by adults. Also referred to as 'adult-directed play' and 'planned play'.

Toddler: A child aged from one to two years.

Tummy time: Active play time that babies spend lying on their stomach, and which helps develop head, neck and trunk muscles.

Unstructured play: Creative and spontaneous play that gives children the freedom to decide what, where and how they play. Also referred to as 'child-centred play' and 'free play'.

Young child: A child aged from one to five years.