Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers programs and services to support families with children ages 0 – 6. If you have questions you can contact our Child Health CARELine at by phone at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 to speak with a public health nurse. You can now text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.
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Positive parenting is an approach to raising children that aims to promote development and manage behaviour and emotions in a positive, non-hurtful way. Positive parenting creates a lifelong warm, respectful, loving relationship between parents and their children. All parents can benefit from parenting education and support.
Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now. Research shows that mindfulness has many benefits. To learn about mindfulness and parenting with mindfulness, check out these great resources:
Looking for tips on how to support your children while they’re in school? Check out these great resources:
- Preschool Prep: How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool
- Raising Healthy Kids Facebook page
- Cooking and Meal Planning Tips
Other Positive Parenting Resources:
- Triple P Parenting For more information about Triple P Parenting contact 613-968-1144 or 1-877-968-1144; Bancroft 613-332-1079; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ontario Early Years Centres
- Children See Children Learn
- Caring for Kids - Canadian Paediatric Society
Contact the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 for information on parenting support in our community.
Learning to be a father takes time, practice, and a little bit of advice. You will develop your own special way of caring for your child. As an involved dad, you have a powerful influence on your child’s growth and development.
Growth and Development
Every child is unique and will develop at their own rate. Child development follows predictable milestones. It is important for parents to learn about their child’s development and use activities to promote healthy growth and development.
The following resources will help you monitor and support your child’s development:
- Healthy Baby Healthy Brain
- Electronic Nipissing District Developmental Screen
- Ministry of Children and Youth Services – Early Childhood
- Caring for Kids - Canadian Paediatric Society
- Is My Child Growing Well?
- Your Child's Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit
- For information on childhood immunizations, visit our Immunization Services page.
Children need the right balance throughout their day to help them learn, play and grow. This includes getting enough sleep, having healthy food and drinks, being physically active, and limiting time in front of screens. For more information, visit our 10-5-2-1-0 page.
Children learn through exploration and play. For more information visit our Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour page.
Healthy Family Dynamics
How families get along, communicate, share feelings, and support one another play a significant role in a child’s development. Problems with family functioning, partner relationships, abuse, depression or stress can impact a child’s health and development.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time. You may have a lot of questions and need help preparing for and adjusting to life with a new baby. The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by public health nurses and home visitors to expectant mothers and new parents who need extra support and can benefit from the program.
Home visits help you learn about:
- having a healthy pregnancy and birth
- connecting with your baby
- how children grow and develop, as well as what you can do to help
- being a parent
- breastfeeding, food and healthy nutrition
- taking care of yourself and your family
- other services available to you and your child in your community (health services, parenting programs, family literacy programs and financial aid).
There is no cost to you for the program and your participation is voluntary. For more information, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.
Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD) – supports for mom and dad
Postpartum mood disorders are common after childbirth. Early support and/or treatment can increase the speed of recovery.
Crisis Intervention Centre
Call (613) 969-7400 and ask for the Crisis Intervention Centre
The Crisis Intervention Centre is located at Belleville General Hospital. The Crisis Team is available to any adult (16 years +) experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, psychosocial or situational crisis requiring an immediate, short-term intervention. Persons may call directly simply by calling (613) 969-7400 and asking for the Crisis Centre. There is no cost for services.
For more information regarding these services, please contact the Crisis Intervention Centre at (613) 969-7400, ext. 2753. You may also call toll free to 1-888-757-7766.
On-site hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Telephone response by a crisis worker is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Open Line Open Mind
Free, confidential service to get information, support and referral to all mental health and addictions services in Hastings & Prince Edward Counties.
Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre
Trenton and Belleville
Offers a Postpartum Adjustment Group for parents within their first year postpartum. It is free and open to anyone in the community. Call 613-962-0000 ext. 233 to register.
Mother Matter’s Program
This free 10-week online peer-support group is for women having difficulty adjusting to new motherhood. It is a confidential, professionally-led group that is open to Ontario residents. There is no cost for the group and it is covered by OHIP. To register, contact email@example.com
Chat with an Expert – Chats for Moms and Dads
Postpartum Support International (PSI) offers free, live phone sessions. Clients can connect with other moms and dads, and talk with a PSI expert about resources, symptoms, options and general information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Sessions are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, are informational only and open to anyone with questions and concerns. www.postpartum.net/chat-with-an-expert
Mental Health Resources - children under 6 years old
Counseling Services of Belleville and District - Infant and Child Development Program www.csbd.ca
Belleville & Trenton 966-7413
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program - www.triplep-parenting.ca
For more information about Triple P Parenting contact 613-968-1144 or 1-877-968-1144; Bancroft 613-332-1079; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Baby Healthy Brain - https://www.healthybabyhealthybrain.ca/
Children’s Mental Health Services - https://cmhs-hpe.on.ca/contact-us/
Children’s Mental Health Services is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. All services are free and participation in services is voluntary. Call for more information.
Belleville - 3 Applewood Dr.- Suite 300
Wednesdays 12:00 – 6:00pm (last appt at 4:30)
Trenton - 30 King St.- Suite 201
Thursdays 12:00 – 6:00pm (last appt at 4:30)
Children's minds and bodies are active and growing. They need a variety of healthy foods every day to get all the nutrients they need. Good nutrition also helps children learn and play.
- For information on feeding your infant, visit our Infant Feeding page.
- For information on feeding older children and promoting positive body image, visit our Healthy Eating page.
- Feeding Your Baby from Six Months to One Year
Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool
The Nutri-eSTEP Screening Tool is a useful nutrition screening tool to assess your child’s eating habits and identify nutrition problems. For more information, visit www.nutritionscreen.ca.
Most childhood injuries are predictable and preventable. For information on preventing childhood injuries at different ages and stages, visit our Injury Prevention page.
Immunization Requirements for Child Care
The Day Nurseries Act 1990 requires all children entering child care to provide proof of immunization. Children must be immunized according to Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule.
When you register your child with a child care provider, you will be asked to complete the Child Care Centre Immunization History Form and provide a copy of your child’s immunization record. A copy of this information will be kept on file at the child care centre and the other will be sent to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
- Visit our Immunization Services page for more information.
- Understanding the Risks and Responsibilities of Not Having Your Child Vaccinated