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Supporting ECEC services to increase children’s energetic play throughout the day, every day in a safe and supported environment.
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    Is your childcare Play Active Certified?

    Active children learn all the movement skills they need for life. Not to mention, they sleep better!

    So you might be surprised to hear that two in three children at childcare don't get enough active play, data shows two in three children could be huffing and puffing more at childcare.

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    Three things parent can do!

    • 1Talk with the Educators at pick up about your child — what have they been doing today? Have they been outside? Have they been active?
    • 2Talk with the Educators at pick up about your child — what have they been doing today? Have they been outside? Have they been active?
    • 3Talk with the Educators at pick up about your child — what have they been doing today? Have they been outside? Have they been active?
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"I have always been mindful of my children's health and it has been great to see a service like Play Active give parents the information we needed to make an informed choice about the right early learning centre for your children"
"I wanted to ensure that my children were in the right environment that actively promoted and encouraged active play"

Is your service a Play Active Member?

Which Early Childhood Education and Care services are Play Active members in your area?

For Directors

Check out if your service is a Play Active member. If not, become a member today.

For Educators

Check if your service is a Play Active member. If not, prompt your director to join.

For Parents

Find out if your child’s ECEC service is a Play Active member. If not, ask for Play Active at your service today.

Supporters

Play Active works together with the following supporters

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Ideas for active play at-home

We suggest talking with the experts! Educators at your child’s childcare are the experts in the types of active opportunities for your child’s developmental level, especially if they are Play Active Certified.
Talking with educators can help you find creative ways to get active with your children, without the need to download or read anything! Keep it fun, it’s play!
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Frequently asked questions

If you’re new to Play Active, welcome! Here’s a few common questions we get asked.

How much active play should be child do per day?

Depending on how old your child is, there is different guidance. But generally, it’s the more ‘energetic’-type play that children don’t do enough of these days. Energetic play, also called ‘huff and puff’ play, named after what it makes children do (huff and puff), includes running, jumping and climbing.

The Australian Government’s evidence-based guidance on the amount of active play (physical activity), sedentary behaviour (inactive sitting and lying down) and sleep children should do daily is available here.

24-Hr Movement Guidelines

On a typical 8-hour day at childcare, for 3-5 year olds, we reccomend 180 minutes of active play, including 30 minutes of energetic play (‘huff and puff’).

Talk with Educators at your childcare and find out what’s in their physical activity policy for your child’s age.

What's the history of Play Active?

You can find out more about Play Active on our About Us page.

About us
What is the evidence to say children aren't active enough?

Australian data from more than 1500 children shows that two in three children aren’t active enough while at childcare. Read more in the Child’s Play Report.

Childs Play Report

The importance of physical activity and energetic play

Did you know that young children aged 1 to 5 years need at least 3 hours per day in a variety of physical activities, including energetic play, spread throughout the day. More is better!

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What is energetic play?

Children aged 3-5 should have at least 60 minutes of energetic play each day. More is better!

Energetic play is ‘huff and puff’ activity. Young children do it in bursts. It is important they have lots of opportunities to do it throughout the day.

Health and developmental benefits

Physical activity provides young children with many health and developmental benefits including:

  • Improved bone and muscle health
  • Cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Enhanced physical, cognitive, emotional and psychosocial development
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What is Play Active?

ECEC services play an important role in encouraging young children to be physically active, healthy and developing well.

Backed by 10 years of research and co-created with educators, Play Active provides easy to use and evidence-informed support for ECEC services to boost children’s energetic play at their service.

It’s quick and easy to join.

Testimonials

What do ECEC services say about Play Active?

If we know physical activity is important both for physical and mental and emotional wellbeing, and we know children aren’t physically active as they should be, then we can make decisions for the children we have in our care now, so we can improve their outcomes for the future. Play Active is the perfect tool to do that because it’s precise and gives good, direct information.

Shelly Prendergast

Owner
, western-australia
Shelly Prendergast
Play Active provides early childhood education and care centres and staff with high-quality guidance to modify their policies, environments and practices in ways that give children the best possible opportunities for early development, for both their bodies and minds. This benefits all children and in particular those with the greatest needs.

Trevor Shilton

Consultant
, western-australia
Trevor Shilton
We're thrilled to see Play Active planning to support early learning services across Australia to become more physically active through active play — especially those services with parents and families experiencing greater hardship.

Rachelle Tucker

Chief Executive Officer
, western-australia
Rachelle Tucker
Play Active is an essential evidence-based program that we have actively contributed to in terms of its development and delivery to Goodstart services state-wide.

Todd Dawson

WA State Manager
, western-australia
Todd Dawson

What do parents say about Play Active?

"I have always been mindful of my children's health and it has been great to see a service like Play Active give parents the information we need to make an informed choice about the right early learning centre for my children"
"I wanted to ensure that my children were in the right environment that actively promoted and encouraged active play"