Health and Wellbeing for Toddlers (1-2 years)

Physical Activity

Toddlers should spend at least 180 minutes (3 hours) per day, in a variety of physical activities, at any intensity. Toddlers should also take part in active and outdoor play, which is spread throughout the day. More activity is better!

For ideas and activities to help your toddler be active, please view the resources below.

Healthy Tots Let's Get Moving Resources

Healthy Eating

Click on the image to visit the Start4Life website.

  • Encourage the family to eat meals together at the table to enjoy a variety of foods
  • At 12 months, mashed, chopped family foods and a variety of finger foods can be tried.
  • Encourage a healthy breakfast to provide the best start to the day.
  • Limit foods high in fat and sugar as these provide energy but they have few nutrients.
  • The best drinks for children are water and milk.
  • Children do not need salt adding to foods.
  • All children over the age of one should have 10 micrograms of vitamin D, especially during autumn and winter.

For more healthy eating tips, please click the image on the right.

Oral Health

Brush your child's teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, twice a day. This should be the done at night before bed and on one other occasion. Please view the resources below for more support on teeth hygiene.

Additional Resources


  • Leicestershire County Council
    Equality Standard
    Blaby LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Active Partnerships
    Harborough LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Active Rutland
    Sport England


  • Sport England
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Active Partnerships