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Child Development

Child care providers play a key role in early childhood development. HPEPH provides information and offers programs and resources to support caregivers of children age 0 – 6 years.

Developmental Screening

Child development follows predictable milestones; however, every child is unique and will develop at their own rate. It is important for both parents and caregivers to learn about child development and use activities to promote healthy growth and development.

Child care providers play a key role in early childhood development, by providing a stimulating and safe learning environment for children. Child care providers are also well-positioned to help identify children who do not meet growth and development milestones. It is best if children receive regular screening to identify areas where they may need extra support. The earlier the screening is done, the better, and making early referrals to the right community services is important.

Resources to Monitor and Support Child Development

Local Support Programs

Need More Information About Child Development?

If you have questions about the programs we offer, or if you have concerns about the development of children in your care and are not sure how to address these concerns with the parent(s), please call the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223 to speak with a public health nurse. You can also text the CARELine at 450-990-5551.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Child Care Providers

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

All individuals ≥ 5 yrs of age are eligible to receive a fall COVID-19 booster dose 6 mo after previous COVID-19 vaccine. Bivalent booster doses are available to individuals aged 12 and over.

Appointments can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

For the most up to date information on current provincial guidelines and advice in case of exposure, visit Ontario.ca/page/public-health-measures-and-advice.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.