The early years are the foundation for a healthy lifestyle throughout life, so it makes sense to start encouraging healthy eating and physical activity right from a child’s earliest days.

So we’re delighted to introduce the Get Up and Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood guidelines, a key part of the Australian Government’s Plan for Early Childhood and Plan for Tackling Obesity. Get Up and Grow offers practical information for early childhood education and care staff and for families, to support and encourage healthy eating and physical activity from infancy to five years of age.

The Australian Government developed the Get Up and Grow resources in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childcare staff, and parents and carers. These resources provide useful information on fun and practical ways to encourage physical activity as well as everyday nutrition for babies, toddlers and young children.

We hope you find this a useful resource as you help our children grow up healthy and strong.

The Hon Tany Plibersek MP, Minister for Health's signature
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Minister for Health

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP Minister for Indigenous Health's signature
The Hon Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Indigenous Health