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Ages 0-5 Years

Credit: Richard Robinson Credit: Richard Robinson Children learn from movement and physical activity. It is important for healthy brain development that children move. Early childhood experiences are critical to the development of the skills, attitudes and confidence required to become an active participant in sport and recreation in later life.

Child development is fostered in an environment that is caring, safe, supportive and encourages movement exploration, play and fun. It is just as important for newborn babies to be moving as it is for toddlers and older children.

Active Movement resources

Sport NZ has developed resources with ideas on how to get children under-five participating in movement experiences.

Click here to view the: Active Movement resources. They show how easy it is to incorporate movement into children's lives.

The resources are endorsed by the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, GymSports NZ, Barnardos, the Ministry of Health, the National Heart Foundation, the Cancer Society, and Swimming NZ.

Find out more

For information about getting under-fives moving contact your nearest regional sports trust.