National Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines*



Children (0-5 years)

Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Physical Activity Recommendations

For health development in infants (birth to one year) physical activity – particularly supervised floor-based play in safe environments – should be encouraged from birth.

Toddlers (1 to 3 years) and pre-schoolers (3 to 5 years) should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day.

Sedentary Behaviour Recommendations

Children younger than 2 years of age should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media (DVDs, computer and other electronic games).

For Children 2 to 5 years of age, sitting and watching television and the use of other electronic media (DVDs, computer and other electronic games) should be limited to less than one hour per day.

Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers (all children birth to 5 years) should not be sedentary, restrained, or kept inactive, for more than one hour at a time, with the exception of sleeping.


Tips for Infants and Toddlers


* Information provided by Australian Department of Health www.health.gov.au