Children need exercise, not just to stimulate their bodies but to stimulate their brains as well. The first five years of a child's life are now seen as crucial to later health, well-being and success. Exercise and good diet are especially important in ensuring that the pre-schooler has a healthy start in life, develops a good brain and avoids the problems of obesity. Margaret Sasse has had decades of practical experience in the area of child development, and in training parents and teachers on the importance of healthy food and exercise. Smart Start is a practical guide for parents on how to give their children the best start in life, with down-to-earth advice on diet and exercise to encourage optimum physical and intellectual development. The book is carefully organised to provide a step-by-step programme for each year. Simply written, and attractively presented with dozens of lively illustrations and practical exercises, it will soon become an indispensable tool in raising your child.
Margaret Sasse founded Toddler Kindy GymbaROO in Australia in 1982, which now has 85 centres, 16 of them based internationally. She is an acknowledged authority on infant development, and has written and produced several books and videos. Melbourne-based artist Georges McKail has supplied many delightful illustrations for the book.