Healthy Menu Planning Workshop Evaluation Report (2019)
From February 2018 to November 2019, 89 Munch & Move Healthy Menu Planning workshops were delivered to 1587 service cooks and leaders working in early childhood education and care services across NSW.
The workshops were evaluated to determine whether the desired learning objectives and outcomes were being met. The study also examined whether services were able to make healthy menu changes after attending and what were the enablers and barriers to doing this well.
The results were extremely positive, with cooks and service leaders showing:
- Increased perceived importance of providing healthy menus.
- Increased knowledge, understanding and skills regarding healthy menu planning.
- Increased awareness and knowledge of tools and resources.
- Increased confidence in ability to plan healthy menus.
- Increased intention to make changes to their service menu.
- Evidence of short term menu or behavioral changes.
Family Day Care Evaluation Report (2019)
In July 2016, the Munch & Move program was extended to support the NSW Family Day Care (FDC) sector. FDC Service Providers were given access to free professional development, resources and implementation support to adopt healthy eating and active play practices in their educators’ environments. In 2019, the program’s FDC delivery model was evaluated, including participant’s perceptions of the program and factors that support FDC Service Providers and educators to implement health promoting practices.
The findings highlighted:
- The value of Munch & Moveprogram resources and professional development training in supporting practice change.
- The significant role that Service Providers play in supporting their educators to implement health promoting practices.
- The in-built flexibility of the Munch & Move program to accommodate the needs of each FDC service.
Munch & Move Evidence and Evaluation Summary (2015)
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 (2009)
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.