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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Professional Development in Child Care Settings

Childcare providers play a key role in helping children develop healthy eating habits and physical literacy skills. 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is committed to supporting child care centres in improving their nutrition and physical literacy environments. As described in How Does Learning Happen?,  the early years environment is a third teacher that works with educators and families to reinforce learning and development in children. Through a new program, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health will work with your child care centre to create an environment that nurtures the development of healthy eating habits and physical literacy.

The Enhanced Well-Being in Child Care Program

This program works with childcare centres by working with one staff member from each participating site who is designated as the Champion and will work directly with a public health dietitian and health promoter to:

  • Assess nutrition and physical activity environments
  • Identify areas for enhancement
  • Develop an action plan and set goals
  • Adapt nutrition and physical literacy policies
  • Provide training to all direct child care staff and cooks
  • Provide resources for parents

The goal of this program is to help child care centres meet and exceed the nutrition and play settings regulations in the Child Care and Early Years Act (2014). By enhancing the skills of child care staff and their working environments, young children will have the opportunity to build healthy eating and physical literacy habits that will last a lifetime.

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Need More Information About Professional Development in Child Care Settings?

Please call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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