Health and Safety External Resources

Menu Planning Resources

These child care nutrition resources were created by the Ontario Dieticians in Public Health (OCPC) to support child care providers in planning and preparing healthy food for the children in their care. They include a Practical Guide with information on menu planning, food and beverages that should be served, appropriate portion sizes for different age groups, sample menus and templates as well as strategies to create a supportive nutrition environment.

Webinar -Trauma Informed Care in ECE: Key Strategies for Healing and Behavioural Change

Children with a history of trauma often “act out” their distress through behaviours that are challenging for adults to understand. This webinar focuses on understanding the message of challenging behavior and strategies to help children heal.

Tips for Arranging Child Care Spaces

We know that the environment can have a direct impact on behaviour and the flow of your program. Do you ever wonder about changing around your child care space? Here are some helpful tips for preschool, infant and toddler spaces.

Supporting Children’s Safety through Professional Supervision

Why is supervision so challenging? Professional supervision of children is a dynamic and multi-faceted process. It involves knowledge, skills, practices, communication with others and the need to identify and respond to high risk situations. This article and video how transition periods, lack of or poor communications and unattended hazards in the physical environment can increase the risk of children wandering away, being left behind or being injured while in your care.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries. When we talk about preventing injuries, we’re not talking about skinned knees, bruised shins and scraped elbows. Those are the telltale signs of a curious child, exploring the world, pushing limits and seeking adventure. But there are things we can all do to ensure that those bumps and bruises don’t turn into more disabling injuries and deaths. Safe Kids Worldwide has lots of safety checklists, videos, resources and reports here to support your work with families.

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.