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. 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 organised to provide a step-by-step programme for each year.
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.