Health and Safety External Resources

Immunization Information for Newcomer Families

All CNC programs must provide newcomer families with information on immunization in Canada. This can be difficult when you serve a vast number of languages and the information is complex. Health Canada has recently jreleased: A Parent’s Guide to Vaccination in Canada that can help. The in-depth guide is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.f valuable material) is available in French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

Webinar: Preschool Health and Safety Matters

As program directors and teachers, you must be able to protect children from harm and promote their health and well-being. In this webinar, you’ll learn basic practices for keeping children safe, and ideas for educating children and families on health and safety issues.


How to Protect Children From Infection and Illness

Children are particularly susceptible to illnesses for many reasons. They haven't been exposed to common germs, their immune systems are still developing, and they often have poor hygiene habits. You play an important role in protecting children and minimizing the impact of infection and illness. And this manual can help! It includes useful forms, schedules and posters to help you keep children healthy. Read more...

Keeping Kids Healthy & Safe — Resources for Child Care

This child care resource is full of important information about; screening and early intervention, infection prevention and control, outbreak management, physical activity, vaccine preventable diseases, infant and child nutrition and more. It also includes helpful charts and lists of action items, as well as handouts to give to parents!

Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why is Outdoor Play Important in Winter?

In the winter weather, play is often limited to the indoors - especially for newcomer children! Adult fears about safety and negative attitudes towards the cold are often a barrier. But outdoor play shouldn't be restricted to warm weather - try these ideas to welcome the winter with a playful attitude!

Do young children suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Because caregiver-child attachment is key to helping a child who has experienced trauma, every effort must be made to build healthy relationships and consistency in our programs.  Decades ago, little was known about what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) looked like in infants and young children. Today, we know that trauma can have grave impact on the very young. The National Centre for PTSD has information about childhood trauma, infant attachment, and PTSD in preschool children.

Did you know that children are at an increased risk for food poisoning?

Children aged 5 and under are at increased risk for food poisoning and related health complications because their immune system is still developing and they cannot fight off infection as well as adults can. Food poisoning can also lead to complications that result in serious illnesses requiring hospitalization. This guide offers helpful advice on how to reduce the risk in your program.

The Reality of Early Childhood Trauma

When young children experience or witness a traumatic event that threatens their safety or the safety of their parents/caregivers, the impact can be long-lasting. Even for infants and children that may not understand what happened! Find out more about symptoms and behaviours, protective factors, and how to help!

Child Safety Guide: A Checklist for New Parents

This guide features simple lists of things to do to keep children safe. It features a childproofing checklist, and topics like fire and burns, choking and suffocation, poison, water safety and more!

5 Things You Need to Know About Mental Health in Early Childhood

Stressful or traumatic events in early childhood can have long term effects. Learn more about how you can help promote adaptability and resilience for the young children in your program.