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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

Sep
17

Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club

Sep
24

Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club

Oct
01

Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club

Oct
08

Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club

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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.