Active Transport for Childcare Centres: A Case Study and Resource for Councils

Institute for Sustainable Futures
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2007, pp. 1 - 13
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The project is presented as a case study, and accompanied by a series of resources and references that may be of interest to other Councils considering interventions in this area. The case study project, Active transport for parents and children at Council preschools and childcare centres, was funded from the Local Government and Shires Associationsâ (LGSA) Healthy Local Government Grants Program. The 3 Sydney Councils involved, namely Waverley, Marrickville and Sutherland Shire, agreed to work with their Council childcare centres on the issue of active transport, as a means of promoting both environmentally sustainable transport and better health in their communities. This report is aimed at the local government sector, particularly Councils seeking ways to support active transport as a means of promoting positive environmental and health outcomes in their communities. The focus of the case study project was on parents and children who use Council childcare centres and preschools, and the resource will be particularly useful in that context. However, the report is also of wider relevance with respect to the issue of active transport in the local government sector more generally. Aims & rationale The project sought to explore and understand the reasons for current travel behaviour to and from Council preschools and childcare centres and the barriers to active transport. The Councils aimed to use this research to inform the development of interventions designed to increase the use of active transport. The project also aimed to build or strengthen partnerships between Council staff and childcare centre staff. This partnership approach intended to make use of Council resources to support interventions in the Centres and also to enable local active transport issues to be addressed in plans and strategies at the LGA level.
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