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Food and Menu Planning in Childcare Settings

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Childcare settings are essential in providing children with supportive eating environments and play an important role in supporting children’s growth and development, health and well-being.  


The following documents help childcare providers meet the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15) guidelines and promote supportive eating environments in childcare settings.   

  • The Child Care Menu Planning – Practical Guide has been updated to help childcare providers ensure all meals, snacks, and beverages served in childcare settings meet healthy eating recommendations for children one year of age or older. 

Resources to complement the Practical Guide:  

  • Sample Menus – Sample four-week menu cycle that incorporates different foods to align with the 2019 Canada’s Food Guide 

If you have any questions about menu planning or want support determining if your menu meets requirements, contact a public health dietitian at 519-426-6170 x 1111 or 905-318-6623.  

Additional Information:   

Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants (6-24 months)  

Learn more about Health Canada’s recommendations on feeding infants and young children from 6-24 months.  

Infant feeding and nutrition –  

Information about Common Food Allergies  

Online Nutrition Course for Child Care Providers  

Nourishing Beginnings is a free online early childhood nutrition program for childcare providers to build confidence in early childhood nutrition.   

Little Food Explorers Workshop for Child Care Providers  

A free online workshop for childcare providers to help toddlers and preschoolers develop positive feelings about food and eating.