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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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.