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Information for Child Care Providers

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    Healthy Eating and Menu Planning

    Healthy eating and good nutrition are essential in the early years to promote proper growth and development. Did you know that a child’s eating habits are mostly formed from 0 to 6 years? This makes the early years a critical time to promote healthy eating habits.

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    Physical Activity

    The early years are a critical period for healthy development. Research shows lifestyle patterns set before age five predict obesity and health in the future.  Additionally, research shows that being physically active later in life depends on an ability to feel confident in an activity setting. That confidence most often comes from developing physical literacy […]

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    Infection Control

    Infection control practices in childcare settings are very important in order to protect the children and staff in these centres.  Children’s immune systems are not fully developed at this stage so they would be more at risk for contracting communicable diseases than healthy adults.  Adhering to proper practices is vital to help ensure the health […]

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    Injury Prevention

    Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for young children. Children are at higher risk of injuries overall and certain injuries are more probable at different ages. In Haldimand & Norfolk counties… ER visits for children ages 0-4: 113 for tripping, falling and falling from furniture 49 fell from playground equipment ER visits […]

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  • Dental Health

    Here are some helpful resources to share at your centre about the importance of dental health in children. Caring for Children’s Teeth Even though baby teeth are temporary, they are still important and are at risk of developing cavities. Children need strong healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a confident smile. Their […]

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    HN Preschool Speech and Language Program

    The Haldimand Norfolk Preschool Speech and Language Program is funded through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, and is one of 34 programs across the province of Ontario.  Your tax dollars help us to provide: Assessment A range of interventions (home programming, monitoring, weekly individual or group sessions, parent training) Consultation to caregivers, early […]

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    Immunizations

      Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your child. Immunizations prevent serious illness by helping the body make its own protection. Vaccines are really important for children who spend time in group settings like child care centres. Children who attend child care centres must be […]

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    Food Safety

    Kitchens in the daycares are inspected on a regular basis to ensure food safety measures are in place.  The number of inspections carried out each year is dependent on the type of food service being provided.  Risk assessments are done on each premise and based on the extent of food handling being carried out, inspections […]

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    Children’s Services

    Learn about Child Care Fee Subsidy, Wage Enhancement and find other useful information for child care operators and providers.

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    Child Care Symposium

    The Haldimand-Norfolk (H-N) Child Care Symposium is an annual event held for early learning and child care providers in our communities has been developed by the H-N Health Unit, Children's Services and EarlyON (formerly known as the Ontario Early Years Centres of H-N, a unit of H-N REACH). Topics of interest are presented by different agencies as well as experts in the field of early learning. The 6th annual Symposium was held this past November and links to the information presented are located below. We look forward to 2018 and hope to see you at the 7th Annual Child Care Symposium!

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