The health of our children is shaped by the environment in which they grow up. The places where children learn and play influence whether they grow up to be active healthy adults. When children do not have access to an environment that helps them to be active, and eat well their health and quality of life is undermined. Research demonstrates the importance of physical activity and healthy eating for healthy growth and development. Providing children with a healthy nutrition environment and opportunities to develop physical literacy is crucial to establishing confidence and skills that will support healthy behaviours throughout their lives.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is a partner in the Healthy Habits Working Group, which was established in 2013 to identify promising guidelines/policies that will lead to supportive environments for healthy eating and physical literacy in local licensed child care centres. The Working Group’s goal is to elevate the importance of creating healthy environments for children aged 0-4 years through awareness, education, and advocacy for successful implementation of guidelines/policies.
To learn about and review the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, visit the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.
For more information about physical literacy and lesson plans that support it in the early years, visit Active for Life.
Parent Night Toolkit
Find all the tools you need below to host your own physical literacy parent night at your childcare centre.
Children in child care centres are more prone to infection. A higher number of respiratory and enteric illnesses occur in this setting. To help prevent the spread of communicable diseases in child care centres:
- Ensure children in your facility are immunized.
- Encourage parents to keep ill children home until they are well enough to participate in all activities.
- Teach children good personal hygiene, including hand washing, not sharing personal items, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or their elbow.
- Properly clean and disinfect surfaces in your facility.
- Report any suspected or confirmed communicable diseases or outbreaks within your facility to the Communicable Disease Intake Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 349 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349. TTY: 711 or 1-800-267-6511.
- Canadian Paediatric Society
- Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
- Guide to Common Childhood Infections
- List of Reportable Diseases in Ontario