Child Health | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Child Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers programs and services to support families with children ages 0 – 6. If you have questions you can contact our Child Health CARELine at by phone at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 to speak with a public health nurse. You can now text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.
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Positive Parenting

Positive parenting is an approach to raising children that aims to promote development and manage behaviour and emotions in a positive, non-hurtful way. Positive parenting creates a lifelong warm, respectful, loving relationship between parents and their children. All parents can benefit from parenting education and support.

Contact the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 for information on parenting support in our community.

Involved Fathers

Learning to be a father takes time, practice, and a little bit of advice. You will develop your own special way of caring for your child. As an involved dad, you have a powerful influence on your child’s growth and development.

Growth and Development

Every child is unique and will develop at their own rate. Child development follows predictable milestones. It is important for parents to learn about their child’s development and use activities to promote healthy growth and development.

The following resources will help you monitor and support your child’s development:

Children learn through exploration and play. For more information visit our Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour page.

Healthy Family Dynamics

How families get along, communicate, share feelings, and support one another play a significant role in a child’s development. Problems with family functioning, partner relationships, abuse, depression or stress can impact a child’s health and development.

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time.  You may have a lot of questions and need help preparing for and adjusting to life with a new baby.  The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by public health nurses and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need extra support and can benefit from the program.

Home visits help you learn about:

  • having a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • connecting with your baby
  • how children grow and develop, as well as what you can do to help
  • being a parent
  • breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition
  • taking care of yourself and your family
  • other services available to you and your child in your community (health services, parenting programs, family literacy programs and financial aid).

There is no cost to you for the program and your participation is voluntary.  For more information, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD)

Postpartum mood disorders are common after childbirth. Early support and/or treatment can increase the speed of recovery.

Healthy Eating

Children's minds and bodies are active and growing. They need a variety of healthy foods every day to get all the nutrients they need. Good nutrition also helps children learn and play.

Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool

The Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool is a useful nutrition screening tool to assess your child’s eating habits and identify nutrition problems. For more information, visit

Child Safety

Most childhood injuries are predictable and preventable. For information on preventing childhood injuries at different ages and stages, visit our Injury Prevention page.

Immunization Requirements for Child Care

The Day Nurseries Act 1990 requires all children entering child care to provide proof of immunization. Children must be immunized according to Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule.
When you register your child with a child care provider, you will be asked to complete the Child Care Centre Immunization History Form and provide a copy of your child’s immunization record. A copy of this information will be kept on file at the child care centre and the other will be sent to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.