Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conferences 

Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conferences 2019-2020

Professional development to extend and reflect on your knowledge and skills

Early childhood is an important time to establish lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits.  You can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of young children in your care by attending a FREE Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conference! 

There will be 15 conferences held in rural, regional and metro NSW in 2019 and 2020. They will be open to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services in NSW, already trained in the Munch & Move program.

The conferences will provide professional development opportunities for senior staff and service leaders, with content tailored to suit directors, nominated supervisors, educational leaders and family day care coordinators.

Registration is open to one service leader per service, to allow for greater attendance and participation across NSW. A waitlist will be available for additional service leaders to attend (subject to approval).

The conference program will extend beyond the Munch & Move program training and focus on areas of leadership, including service management, having challenging conversations with families, and programming age-appropriate active play experiences.

Aligned with the National Quality Framework, the conferences will help your service meet the requirements of the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework. They are also endorsed as NESA Registered Professional Development for 5 hours.  

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Participating in the Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conferences will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.5.2, 6.2.2, 7.3.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Dates and locations

To register your ECEC service, please click the ‘Register now’ link in the table below. Please note that you can only register for the conference held in your Local Health District (LHD) region.

If you are unsure of the region where your ECEC service is located, please click here to view a map of the LHD regions and search by suburb. If you would like to contact your LHD representative to find out more information, their contact details can be found on the Healthy Kids website here.

LHD Region Date Venue Registration open Registration closed
Mid North Coast 20 February 2019 Port Macquarie Panthers REGISTRATION CLOSED
Nepean Blue Mountains 6 March 2019 Panthers Penrith Event Centre REGISTRATION CLOSED
Central Coast 7 March 2019 Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi  REGISTRATION CLOSED
Western NSW & Far West 27 March 2019 Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo  REGISTRATION CLOSED
Northern Sydney 29 May 2019 The Grand Pittwater Function Centre, North Ryde  REGISTRATION CLOSED
Illawarra Shoalhaven 12 June 2019 The Pavilion, Kiama  REGISTRATION CLOSED
Western Sydney 13 June 2019 PARKROYAL, Parramatta  REGISTRATION CLOSED

Hunter New England


3 July 2019


Quality Powerhouse Hotel, Tamworth


Southern NSW 25 October 2019 Club Sapphire, Merimbula  REGISTRATION CLOSED
South Eastern Sydney 13 November 2019 Gymea Tradies  6 November 2019
Sydney 12 February 2020 Pullman Hotel Sydney Olympic Park 2 December 2019 5 February 2020
Murrumbidgee 13 February 2020 Atura Hotel, Albury 2 December 2019 5 February 2020
Northern NSW 11 March 2020 Riverside Function Centre, Ballina RSL 13 January 2020 4 March 2020
South Western Sydney 25 March 2020 Campbelltown Catholic Club 27 January 2020 18 March 2020
Hunter New England 13 May 2020 Quarry Function Centre, Rutherford 16 March 2020 6 May 2020

Click here for the Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conference terms and conditions.

Session speakers

To view further information on each of the speakers, please click on the images below

Catharine HydonJill McLachlanDr Yeshe Colliver

View a message from Luke Touhill who will be speaking about ‘Programming with Play’ at the Munch & Move Healthy Eating and Active Play Conference in Gymea.

Program overview

Please see below for the Conference program overview:

Time Event
8.30 am—9.00 am Registration
9.00 am—9.10 am Welcome to Country
9.10 am—9.20 am Welcome message and program overview
9.20 am—10.50 am Session 1 – Service Management
Catharine Hydon
10.50 am—11.20 am Morning tea
11.20 am—12.50 pm Session 2 – Conversations with families 
Jill McLachlan
12.50 pm—1.35 pm Lunch
1.35 pm—3.05 pm Session 3 – Programming with play
Dr Yeshe Colliver & Dr Luke Touhill
3.05 pm—3.35 pm Local Health District session
3.35 pm—3.40 pm Closing address
3.40 pm—4.00 pm Networking and afternoon tea

Please note: changes to the program can be made at any point at discretion of the conference organisers.

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