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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):

  • Menu Planning & Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings – Practical Guide
  • Menu and Nutrition Environment Self-Assessment Tool for Child Care Settings
  • Paint Your Plate: A Toolkit for Ontario Child Care Providers

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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We are working to respond to community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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