Health and Safety External Resources

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.

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.

Keeping Children Safe Using Active Supervision

Children learn best when they are in safe, well-supervised environments. We can reduce the possibility of a child getting hurt when we plan ahead, closely observe children and respond when needed. This website has webinars and resources that can help you keep the children in your program safe!

Free Resources – Safe Kids Week 2018

Safe Kids Week is a national awareness campaign that brings attention to predictable and preventable injuries in children. Order your very own community kit, download and share tipsheets and guides, and plan fun activities for the children in your program!

Emergency Preparedness Week Toolkit

It's Emergency Preparedness Week!  You can take an active role and help build a culture of preparedness in your community by sharing some of these helpful resources. While governments at all levels are working hard to keep Canada safe, everyone has a role to play in knowing the risks and being prepared for an emergency.

It’s World Allergy Week!

World Allergy Week is the perfect time to take a quick anaphylaxis refresher course. offers a free online anaphylaxis course that will remind you of the basics of anaphylaxis, ways to reduce risks in your program, and the recommended emergency treatment - all in just 30 minutes!

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.

IRCC Resource: Violence Prevention Resource Cards

As part of IRCCs on-going commitment to violence prevention, they have developed a multilingual resource card that is small and easy to discreetly pass along to clients in various settings. The card contains key contact and emergency information that directs clients to a variety of resources that can be accessed in most places throughout Canada. It is intended for newcomers who may be victims of abuse or those believed to be at risk and can be ordered by SPOs here.

Why Kids Should Play Outdoors in Winter

In winter and cold weather children’s play is often limited to the indoors. Adult fears about safety and negative attitudes toward exposure to cold weather are the barriers that prevent children from accessing play in winter months, but it's up to adults to focus on the importance of children’s play, regardless of the season. After all, play should not be restricted to warm weather. Let’s welcome winter with a playful attitude.