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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.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Child Care Providers

The Real Cost of Eating Well 2018

PUBLISHED: Wednesday January 31, 2018

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Food Skills Classes

Apr
24

Food Literacy Workshop – Part 1

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

May
01

Food Literacy Workshop – Part 2

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Jul
20

Food For Thought

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Jul
21

Food For Thought

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.