Under 5 Energize


Under 5 Energize is a new and unique project working with Early Childhood Centres and Kōhanga Reo to improve children’s physical activity and nutrition. The philosophy of the Under 5 Energize initiative aligns and synergizes with the principles of the Project Energize (primary school) programme.  

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Increase the amount and quality of physical activity of 0-5 years at home and in early childhood settings.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of fundamental movement skills and movement literacy.
  • Improve foundational skill development of babies and children under 5 years old.
  • Raise awareness and promote nutrition and physical activity for mothers and families.
  • Work towards consistent nutritional and physical activity messages in all aspects of the community.

The main goals and messages are:

  • More active play every day
  • Water and milk as best choice
  • Fewer sweet drinks
  • Daily fruit and vegetables and fewer energy-dense snacks
  • Less screen time

Referral Process

This service does not work via referrals. Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki, in partnership with Sports Waikato, is implementing the programme throughout the Hauraki District, covering Thames, Ngatea, Paeroa and Waihi. The Under 5 Energizers work closely with early childhood centres and organisations associated with early childhood, pregnancy and parenting.

To make an enquiry about Under 5 Energize, please click here.

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