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Movement for little ones

How much physical activity do little ones need?

Infants (birth to 1 year)

Be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways and for those not yet mobile try to include at least 30 minutes of supervised tummy time per day.

Toddlers (1 to 2 years)

Be physically active for at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of ways including energetic play (things like running around in the backyard chasing after bubbles or dancing to their favourite song).

Pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years)

Be physically active for at least 180 minutes per day in a variety of ways, including 60 minutes of energetic play.

Staying active videos

Wellbeing SA, supported by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, have developed some videos that focus on movement skills for pre-schoolers.

Staying active - developing movement skills for pre-schoolers

What about screen time and sitting?

We know for good health and wellbeing, it is important to be mindful of how much time we spend sitting or engaged with screens. For young children, some things to remember

  • Try not to restrain young children (e.g., in a stroller, car seat or high chair) for more than 1 hour at a time.
  • For children under 2 years, no sedentary screen time is recommended.
  • For children aged 2-5 years, no more than 1 hour of sedentary screen time per day is recommended.
  • Try not to sit for long periods at any one time.
  • When sitting with your children focus on things like reading, singing songs and drawing pictures.

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