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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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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.