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

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in New South Wales, Munch & Move and Early Childhood Australia will be cancelling the following Healthy Eating and Active Play Conferences:

  • South Western Sydney, Campbelltown, 25 March 2020
  • Hunter New England, Rutherford, 13 May 2020

We will endeavor to reschedule these Conference at a later date, and will include further information on this page once arrangements are made.

Thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any further questions about COVID-19, please visit the NSW Health Coronavirus information page:

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  REGISTRATION CLOSED
Sydney 12 February 2020 Pullman Hotel Sydney Olympic Park REGISTRATION CLOSED
Murrumbidgee 13 February 2020 Atura Hotel, Albury REGISTRATION CLOSED
Northern NSW 11 March 2020 Riverside Function Centre, Ballina RSL REGISTRATION CLOSED
South Western Sydney 25 March 2020 Campbelltown Catholic Club REGISTRATION CLOSED
Hunter New England 13 May 2020 Quarry Function Centre, Rutherford REGISTRATION CLOSED

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 HydonDr Yeshe Colliver

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

Program overview

Please see below for the Conference program overview:

Time Event
8.30 am—9.00 am Registration
9.00 am—9.05 am Welcome to Country
9.05 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 – Programming with play
Dr Yeshe Colliver & Dr Luke Touhill
12.50 pm—1.35 pm Lunch
1.35 pm—3.05 pm Session 3 – Conversations with families
Catharine Hydon
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.

2020 Conference Evaluation

Munch & Move are excited to announce that we are conducting an outcome evaluation of all 2020 Healthy Eating and Active Play (HEAP) Conferences. We have already received positive feedback from delegates on the knowledge, skills and confidence they have gained during 2019 Conferences. This evaluation will allow us to formally capture and use delegates’ feedback in 2020, to help us develop useful and relevant Munch & Move professional development opportunities in the future!

All ECEC leaders attending the 2020 Conferences will be asked to complete a brief survey before and after their Conference. For more information about these surveys, including how responses will be confidentially stored and analysed, please click here . If you are an ECEC leader who has registered for an upcoming Conference and you have not yet completed a survey, please contact Early Childhood Australia at

20 ECEC leaders will also have the opportunity to share their feedback and learnings during post-Conference telephone interviews. Each interview participant will receive a Coles Group & Myer gift card for $30. If you are registered for or have attended a Conference in 2020, and are interested in participating in an interview, please click here for more information.

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