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How to Plan & Observe: Play Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

To plan effectively for the 0-2 Years age group takes a little thinking outside the box. Here, you'll find ideas for planning play experiences and programming for babies and toddlers that are not only easier and faster, but also more meaningful and effective for the children and educators.

Well Beings Forms and Checklists: Your Guide to Health in CNC

Well Beings is the leading Canadian resource that promotes safe and healthy practices in child care settings - and the Canadian Paediatric Society has made some of the forms and checklists from Well Beings even easier to use! As you start back into your program this month, take a moment to review these Well Beings forms and checklists to ensure you're off to a healthy start.

Children need to be active, so Have a Ball!

Physical activity is essential to healthy child development, and the early years are the best time to give kids an active start. But where do you begin? The Have a Ball Together website will give you the tools you need to be able to promote and encourage physical activity for children 0-6.

Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit

As a child care provider, you have the wonderful opportunity to help lay a healthy foundation. In addition to their families, you are their model for food and fitness. The Healthy Habits for Life Child Care Resource Kit will give you the tools you need to teach children about eating right and being physically active so that they can establish healthy habits for life. In it, you'll find: easy-to-use, fun lessons and activities that will fit in with your existing routines; ways to establish a connection with children’s families and support healthy habits at home.

Open-Ended Art: Setting Up for Success

Open-ended art is defined as an art activity where children are free to use their imagination as they explore a variety of materials without a planned idea of what the final project will look like. This usually takes place in the form of an art centre where children have large blocks of uninterrupted time to explore art materials and create projects at their own pace. However, when children have free access to an art centre, teachers may be challenged by mess and waste. The key is setting up the environment for success.

New Canada Food Guide

The iconic Canada Food Guide has provided Canadians with a snapshot of healthy eating recommendations for over 75 years, and Health Canada has just released the first updated edition in over a decade! The new Canada Food Guide suggests a focus on drinking water, plant-based diets, and home-cooking.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries. When we talk about preventing injuries, we’re not talking about skinned knees, bruised shins and scraped elbows. Those are the telltale signs of a curious child, exploring the world, pushing limits and seeking adventure. But there are things we can all do to ensure that those bumps and bruises don’t turn into more disabling injuries and deaths. Safe Kids Worldwide has lots of safety checklists, videos, resources and reports here to support your work with families.

Disinfection Options in Child Care Facilities

This helpful little handbook explains how germs are spread in child care facilities. It also explains the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting; the use of household bleach as a sanitizer/disinfectant; and the use of acceptable alternatives.

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years)

As young children grow and develop they need to move, sleep and sit the right amounts each day to be healthy - and this simple visual helps us to understand just how much moving, sleeping and sitting children of different ages need each day!

NEW! Eat Right Be Active Booklets

We all want children to grow up healthy and feeling great- and these booklets can help! They are full of everyday ideas that busy parents and caregivers can put into action so toddlers, preschoolers, and school-agers can eat well and be active.