LEAPS is funded by the Queensland Government and is delivered in Queensland via a partnership between QUT, NAQ & ACHPER QLD.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority provides professional development materials consisting of five modules and a range of resources. The materials support participants to:
The resources are provided in a range of formats and cover professional topics such as: inclusion and diversity, literacy and numeracy, intentional teaching, inclusive learning environments. Also provided are templates and completed samples.
The Western Australia Department of Education provide free 'Steps Resources'. There are two Fundamental Movement Skills books available which deepen teachers’ understandings of how to effectively assess, plan, and teach physical activity, with details on how to break down each skill for assessment and teaching purposes. The resources provides practical teaching activities that assist teachers to plan and deliver effective learning experiences that enhance students’ development of proficient Fundamental Movement Skills i.e. the movement patterns that involve different body parts.
Sport NZ has developed a series of resources with ideas on how to get children under-five participating in movement experiences. The Active Movement resources show how easy it is to incorporate movement into children's lives - from balancing to walking, tummy time to climbing. Available on the website are brochures and videos.
The brochures provide ideas and information about getting your infant, toddler, or young child moving and cover a comprehensive range of topics including Upper Body Development, Running, Walking, Jumping, Songs, Rhymes, and Finger Plays, Balance and others.
The video segments are recommended for children in the age groups under five, and show how to get children moving - and consequently, learning. Video segments are approx 6 minute duration and cover activities suitable for each year from 0 - 5.
The Healthy Kids website offers a range of resources to assist children of all ages to eat well and be active. It has a section for Early Childhood Educators with plenty of healthy eating and active play suggestions and resources for children in the 0 – 5 age bracket.
Kids at Play is a site based around advancing the health and wellbeing of children aged between 0-5 years, by promoting healthy eating and physical activity to families and the early childhood sector. The website promotes information such as breastfeeding, drinking water, active play every day, early childhood professionals, and nutritional information.
This Australian Government supported Raising Children Network website provides a complete resource for parenting newborns through to teenagers. Each age group has specific information and resources about children’s behaviour, connecting and communicating, development, health and daily care, nutrition, play and learning, safety, and sleep. The physical activity section (play and learning) provides play and learning ideas, information about literacy and reading, media and videos.
Yulunga: Traditional Indigenous Games resource provides a selection of games and activities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies all around Australia. Indigenous Games provides an opportunity to learn about, appreciate and experience aspects of Indigenous culture.
The full resource (8.5MB) is available as a free download from the Australian Sports Commission website, which also provides downloadable sections of the full resource by specific age group. Early Childhood Educators may wish to download the Games Suitable for school years K-3 (4.1MB).
The Romp & Chomp resource, created by Deakin University/Barwon Health, has been designed for use in long day care and family day care settings. The structured Active Play Program is aimed at children under 5 years of age and uses fun activities that encourage children to move and be active.
The Mini Moves Activity Pack has been designed by Health Promotion, Northern Sydney Local Health District to assist Early Childhood Educators in teaching Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) to children (aged 2 – 5 years) in a fun and engaging way.
The Mini Moves resource includes 36 activity cards designed for easy use by educators with no experience teaching FMS.
The Australian Government provides a range of brochures to support the National Physical Activity Guidelines and to support setting, staff and families. Full colour DL versions of these brochures can be downloaded or ordered directly from the Department of Health and Ageing.
Getting Out & About: Outdoor Active Play (PDF 207KB)
Decisions About Down Time: A Balancing Act (PDF 228KB)
Keeping Children on the Move (PDF 205KB)
The role of Parents in Active Play (PDF 258KB)
The importance of Active Play (PDF 213KB)
Developing Movement Skills (PDF 210KB)
Other Get Up & Grow Brochures are also available, about healthy eating, importance of drinking water, importance of physical activity, outdoor physical activity, role of parents in physical activity, and more.
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A manual containing inclusive physical activities for children aged 0-5 years designed for parents, day-carers or teachers in a variety of early childhood settings.
The resource contains program ideas for babies and children aged 2- 5 years, safety guidelines and equipment lists, as well as over 25 games.
Food Foundations is Queensland’s leading early year’s nutrition and food safety program.
Food Foundations can assist settings with meeting their requirements under the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standard.
Move Baby Move is a booklet designed to help parents and early childhood carers incorporate safe, active movement into their baby's daily routines.
Move Baby Move identifies the kinds of activities that are suitable for babies of different ages and gives parents suggestions about how they can support their baby's physical development in an enjoyable and safe manner.
Active Alphabet is a resource designed especially for parents, carers and their toddlers to use together to learn basic active movement skills while also learning important health messages.
Active Alphabet consists of two booklets - one for parents and carers; and one for toddlers.
Let's Get Moving is a resource designed to help preschool children learn basic movement skills and how to get active while their parents, carers or teachers learn about the importance of movement in early childhood. The early years are a crucial time for skill development and for establishing positive attitudes toward physical activity, leading to participation in sport and other recreational pursuits during the school age years.
Let's Get Moving includes fun activities that incorporate movement skills such as crawling, kicking and jumping with various movement concepts, to get both children and adults physically active.