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Child Development

Child care providers play a key role in early childhood development. HPEPH provides information and offers programs and resources to support caregivers of children age 0 – 6 years.

Developmental Screening

Child development follows predictable milestones; however, every child is unique and will develop at their own rate. It is important for both parents and caregivers to learn about child development and use activities to promote healthy growth and development.

Child care providers play a key role in early childhood development, by providing a stimulating and safe learning environment for children. Child care providers are also well-positioned to help identify children who do not meet growth and development milestones. It is best if children receive regular screening to identify areas where they may need extra support. The earlier the screening is done, the better, and making early referrals to the right community services is important.

Resources to Monitor and Support Child Development

Local Support Programs

Need More Information About Child Development?

If you have questions about the programs we offer, or if you have concerns about the development of children in your care and are not sure how to address these concerns with the parent(s), please call the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 to speak with a public health nurse. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Child Care Providers

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.