Children 0-5 years

All children (birth to 5 years)

  • Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers should not be sedentary, restrained, or kept inactive, for more than one hour at a time, with the exception of sleeping.

Infants (birth to 1 year)

  • For healthy development in infants, physical activity – particularly supervised floor-based play in safe environments – should be encouraged from birth.

Children aged less than 2 years

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

Children aged 2-5 years

  • For children aged 2 to 5 years, 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.

Toddlers (1-3 years) and pre-schoolers (3-5 years)

  • Toddlers and pre-schoolers should be physically active every day for at least three hours, spread throughout the day.

Remember that kids don’t need to do their three hours of physical activity all at once. It can be accumulated throughout the day and can include light activity like standing up, moving around and playing.