Health and Safety

New resource for caregivers: Your Guide to Caring for a Child with Food Allergy

Food Allergy Canada has a new resource just for caregivers that explains what food allergy is, how to avoid having reactions and what to do in case there is one.  “Caring for a child with food allergy: What you need to know” is very visual, making it easy to follow along and understand, even if English is not your first language.

A Beautiful Collection of Parenting Resources in Many Languages

The Australian Parenting Website has a lovely collection of parenting resources that are available in many languages - including articles, posters and videos on topics like daily care, nutrition, sleep, special needs and more... all free and available for you to download and share with the parents in your program.

New Safe Sleep for Your Baby Booklet

Take a few minutes to read this important information on how we can help babies sleep safely and share it with families!

Multilingual mental health resources for newcomers

As part of the Promising Practices in Accessing Virtual Mental Health: Supporting Refugees during COVID-19 project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health, service providers working with newcomers and refugees share these multilingual mental health resources.

Newcomer Tips for a Fire-Safe Winter

Mississauga Fire is proud to serve a vibrant and growing community that is home to many new Canadians. To ensure that family homes are safe this winter, they've put together a helpful list of winter fire safety tips and translated them into multiple languages. It's full of great information and resource links that you can share with the families you work with as they establish roots in your community!

Creating Opportunities for Active Play

By now, you have probably heard about the importance of regular physical activity. You are likely aware that establishing strong physical activity habits at a young age increases the chance of maintaining healthy activity levels into adulthood. Here are some developmentally appropriate activities that can help us instill a love of physical activity for children of all ages!

How to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year

https://hechingerreport.org/we-know-how-to-help-young-kids-cope-with-the-trauma-of-the-last-year-but-will-we-do-it/

October is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Canada

Canada takes the protection of children very seriously. Each year thousands of children are subjected to abuse and neglect. All of us who work with families need to understand our duty to report and role in protecting children. This includes knowing how to identify different types and indicators of abuse, cultural considerations, and steps to report and document suspected abuse–as well as strategies to support staff, parents, and children after a report has been made. Take this opportunity to refresh your training and complete our webinar on Understanding Child Abuse and Your Duty to Report. This important webinar includes resources, helpful contact information, and links to legislation, as well as questions for reflection and/or discussion, and it's available in both English and French.

49 fun physical activities to do with kids

Children between 2-4 years old don’t only need a lot of movement, they also need a lot of variety of movement. So while it’s essential to make time for unstructured, active playtime, it’s also important to have access to plenty of fun, simple activities that you know will help them get active and develop skills in a variety of ways. This list of 49 fun activities for kids is the ultimate go-to for any playdate, home child care setting, or a morning or afternoon with a caregiver. Whatever the situation, short attention spans mean that it’s a good idea to have a few of these up your sleeve!

Multilingual COVID-19: Vaccine Resources

Looking for resources about COVID-19 vaccines in different languages? City of Toronto has developed this series of COVID-19 vaccine-related posters, graphics and other resources such as videos in multiple languages that you can download and share with families.