Health and Safety

Five Wellness Lessons From A Toddler

In the wake of World Mental Health day, the amount of stress in our modern day lives is obvious. And while stress itself is not considered a mental health problem, it often leads to depression and anxiety, which are the most common mental health issues. Yet there’s a natural source of inspiration – and even stress relief – in our lives that we may just have overlooked. The average toddler expresses qualities we have long since abandoned due to overwhelming ‘busy’-ness. Here’s five things that come naturally to toddlers that we can use to improve our general well-being!  

Kids’ Health Information for Parents in Different Languages!

To reach optimal physical health and mental well-being, children need to: get enough sleep; make healthy food and drink choices; be more active; and limit the time they spend in front of screens. Kids' Health pamphlets are available in 22 languages to help parents and caregivers.

Keeping School-Age Children Healthy: Nutrition and Physical Activity

Good nutrition and physical activity are important parts of staying healthy. They can prevent obesity and some chronic illnesses. You can play an important role in encouraging and modelling healthy habits for school-age children. This virtual lesson will help you understand portion control, meal components, food safety, and ways of promoting lifelong physical fitness.

NEW! Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 15 Languages

Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. We’ve developed a series of 14 parent resources to help - and they’re available in the 14 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!

Keeping Children’s Teeth Healthy

It’s important to teach your child how to keep their teeth healthy. This resource offers some helpful tips. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Helping Your Child Cope With Stress

Settling in Canada can be stressful. What’s more, if your family had a long journey to safety, it’s common to still feel fearful. However, this can lead your child to feeling fearful, too—and that can result in stress. In this tip sheet, you’ll learn how to recognize the signs of stress in your child. Once you know what to look for, you can work as a family to find ways to begin to feel safe again. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Multilingual information for parents: Free prescriptions for children and youth in Ontario

In Ontario, children and youth (age 24 years old and under) now have access to free prescription drug coverage, regardless of family income. You can find helpful information and multilingual resources that can be shared with the families in your program here.

Make Bedtime Better: The Sleep Guide for Parents

Many families struggle with bedtime routines and helping children develop healthy sleeping patterns. This guide is full of information about all things related to children's sleep. The topics have been broken down into useful sections to make it easy to find the information and you're looking for.

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.