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Food Safety in Child Care Settings

When food and equipment used to prepare food is not handled properly, there is a risk of spreading disease. It’s especially important to practice safe food handling in a child care setting, because food borne illness can have a more severe impact on young children than adults.

Food safety is the responsibility of all staff in a child care setting. Staff who handle food must be sure to meet personal hygiene requirements, including washing hands properly, wearing clean clothing, and ensuring hair is confined.

Licensed child care settings that prepare and serve daily meals and snacks are considered a food premises, and as such, must comply with Ontario Regulation 493/17: Food Premises. Under section 32 of these regulations, at least one food handler or supervisor who has completed food handler training is required to be on the premises during operating hours. In-person and online food handler training courses are available at HPEPH.

See our Guidelines for Opening a Food Premises for more detailed information about opening a new child care centre.

Food safety signs and resources are available on our Food Safety Information and Resources page.

Need More Information About Food Safety in Child Care Settings?

For more information about your specific requirements, contact a Public Health Inspector at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 349.

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Province of Ontario has Declared a Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives.  Read more.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the provincial government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Owner/operators of a businesses, workplaces and/or other community organizations who are unsure of how to adjust operations for COVID-19 are encouraged to visit sector specific guidance regarding provincial lockdown measures at Ontario.ca or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unable to find an answer to your questions or need further guidance, please fill out this web form.

During the provincewide shutdown, no indoor social gatherings are permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household. Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 5 individuals, and proper physical distancing must be maintained.

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 14 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.