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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Healthy Eating in Child Care Settings

Young children may consume more than half of their daily food while in child care. Child care providers are responsible for providing food and beverage choices that support healthy growth and development and for reinforcing positive eating behaviours and attitudes that can last a lifetime.

Our Programs and Services

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services to help support you in providing a supportive nutrition environment in your child care centre.

Healthy Life Line

Public Health Dietitians are available to answer your questions about child care menu planning, supportive nutrition environments, and more. Our dietitians can also connect you with other programs and services to help support you as a child care provider. Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

Online Learning Module

This short module will introduce child care providers to the nutrition requirements set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15).

Content for the module is based on the following child care nutrition resources created by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH):

To access these resources, please visit www.odph.ca/child-care-resources.

Food Access Guide

Public Health has created a set of Food Access Guides that contain information about free or low-cost food and meal programs in various regions of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Nutrition Directory

The Nutrition Directory contains a comprehensive list of local reliable and credible nutrition programs and services for the public.

Other Resources

Need More Information About Healthy Eating in Child Care Settings?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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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.