Health and Safety

SickKids Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Mental and Physical Health

https://www.sickkids.ca/en/news/archive/2021/research-covid-19-pandemic-impact-child-youth-mental-physical-health/#:~:text=Among%202%2C206%20participants%2C%20the%20researchers,depression%20and%20anxiety%20they%20experienced.

Active for life resources are available in more than 10 languages!

Physical activity is key to the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our children. That’s why Active for Life offers free resources in more than 10 languages, in addition to English and French, to help get kids active today so they can be active for life. Share these helpful resources with families, communities, and organizations that work with children, and they will thank you! 


Let’s team up with Active for Life!

Research shows that the pandemic may have a lasting impact on the physical activity of children - and we need to get kids active! So we’ve teamed up with Active for Life to promote physical literacy in our programs. Active for Life is a privately funded national charitable initiative that helps Canadians raise kids who love to move. At Activeforlife.com  parents and educators will find fun activities, engaging articles and free resources to get kids active, healthy, and happy. Get all you need by connecting with Active for Life via their social media channels and subscribe to their parent and “pro” newsletters. Watch for an upcoming webinar as well as Active for Life articles and resources to help you incorporate active play into each day.

Child Health Information: Helpful Videos and Infographics

You can use these simple videos and infographics to share and learn about the symptoms of common childhood illnesses (like anaphylaxis, fever, asthma, croup, and more!), how to manage them at home, and when to get help.


How to Help Young Children Heal from Pandemic Trauma

As we move out of this pandemic and many of us cautiously emerge into public life again, you can almost feel the collective exhale. Yet, we cannot gloss over the trauma our society has experienced over the last year and a half. Moving forward, educators will replace healthcare workers on the front lines as they support and address the pandemic’s lingering impacts on children’s emotional health and how this will play out in the classroom. So, keeping your program and space feeling safe and predictable for children is going to be key over the coming months.

Free Toolkit: Engaging Families in Healthy Development

Parents are their child’s first teachers—and when they’re actively involved in promoting early development, the results are better outcomes and stronger parent– child bonds. Children with involved parents are more likely to get the support they need and be prepared for school and future success. Adapted from the trusted Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ®) family of products, you can use this toolkit of resources to help you engage families in nurturing their child’s development - and help them get their children off to the best start in life!

Food Allergy Canada VIDEO: How to use epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis

This video demonstrates how to use the different auto-injectors in Canada, including EpiPen®, ALLERJECT® and Emerade™, and how these devices are used to treat anaphylaxis. It's an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the device options and how to use them!

Top Safety Tips for Your Program

The last few years have definitely been stressful. Lives have been lost and others have been completely upended. Living with the enduring uncertainty and stress of the pandemic, including the accompanying restrictions, certainly has not been easy. Sadly, some of these stressors have contributed to an increase in crime and violence. As early childhood educators, we need to be aware of these trends. After all, each day we are entrusted with the monumental task of ensuring that we create an environment that is as safe and secure as possible for the children in our care.  Fortunately, there are some great resources to help us enhance our safety and security measures.

Active Start

From 0-6 years, children need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop fundamental movement skills and learn how to link them together. At this stage developmentally appropriate activities are important to help children feel competent and comfortable participating in all kinds of fun and challenging play!

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.