Health and Safety

The importance of hand washing for kids

Proper hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Do you know how to teach proper hand washing?


Looking for new ideas for physical activity?

Active for Life has compiled a great list of physical activity ideas for you to try – and they’ve made it easy for you to search for an activity to support a specific age group or skill!


Wearing Masks: Downloadable PDF Story

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important to reassure children and help them understand why the people around them are wearing face masks. Here's a little story that uses lots of visuals and provides simple explanations for children - and it's available in English and Spanish!


Tackling COVID-19 Together: MULTILINGUAL RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Looking for ways to explain COVID-19 to children, keep families engaged with learning activities, and teach best practices for staying healthy? These tip sheets and infographics are full of helpful reminders on how to stay healthy, happy, and connected during COVID-19. Available in English, Spanish, Mam and Tagalog.


Safe & Unsafe Toys for CNC During COVID-19

While planning for CNC reopening, it’s important to think about what the children can and cannot play with. Since early childhood education is based on hands-on play, you want to find ways to stay true to that philosophy but in a safe way. Here is a list of appropriate toys for use and inappropriate toys for use according to safety and health guidelines.


Hand sanitizer recalls

Health Canada is advising Canadians that certain hand sanitizers are being recalled from the market because they contain ethanol or denaturants that can be poisonous to children and are not acceptable for use in Canada. For an up-to-date recall list, visit Health Canada Recalls and Safety Alerts


Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

COVID-19 has placed a tremendous strain on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources you can share with families to help, including modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.


A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development

In this challenging time, child development has not paused, and supporting children, families, and care providers of all kinds is as important as ever. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, including what it means for child development, and shareable resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.


8 tips for managing children’s anxiety about COVID-19

Many families are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives because of COVID-19. With all the unknowns that come with a new virus, it's normal to feel anxious. Here are 8 tips for managing children's anxiety about COVID-19, complete with a simple visual that you can share with parents.


Mental Health Resources: Stress Management and Mindfulness

With the disruptions from and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to make mental health a priority - both for you and the children. Here are some resources to help you cope with uncertainty, help children calm down, and shift our focus from stress to positive thinking.