Munch & Move Evidence and Evaluation Summary
This report summarises and showcases the reach and implementation of the Munch & Move program across NSW over the last 7 years. In 2015, 89% of early childhood services had staff trained in the Munch & Move program, with a higher proportion of preschools and long day care services (91% and 90% respectively) compared to occasional care services (79%). There has also been a significant increase in the proportion of early childhood services that have implemented 70% or more of the program practices; in 2012 the total for NSW was 36% and by 2015 this had increased to 78%.
Phase One: Preschool evaluation
Phase One of the Munch & Move program took place between July 2008 and August 2009. During this time, 52 workshops were conducted attracting over 1000 staff from approximately 400 NSW preschools, covering both metropolitan and rural locations.
The preschool phase of the program involved collaboration between NSW Department of Health, Area Health Services, the Early Childhood Training and Research Centre (ECTARC) and the Prevention Research Collaboration at Sydney University. The program was supported by NSW Department of Human Services (Community Services) and the NSW Department of Education and Training.
One component of Phase One was an in-depth evaluation of Munch & Move which was conducted with a sample of 23 NSW Department of Education and Training preschools. See link below for a summary report of this evaluation.