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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Healthy Eating in Child Care Settings

Young children may consume more than half of their daily food while in child care. Child care providers are responsible for providing food and beverage choices that support healthy growth and development and for reinforcing positive eating behaviours and attitudes that can last a lifetime.

Our Programs and Services

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has a number of programs and services to help support you in providing a supportive nutrition environment in your child care centre.

Healthy Life Line

Public Health Dietitians are available to answer your questions about child care menu planning, supportive nutrition environments, and more. Our dietitians can also connect you with other programs and services to help support you as a child care provider. Email healthycommunities@hpeph.ca or call 613-966-5500 and follow the prompts to reach reception.

Online Learning Module

This short module will introduce child care providers to the nutrition requirements set out by the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15).

Content for the module is based on the following child care nutrition resources created by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH):

To access these resources, please visit www.odph.ca/child-care-resources.

Food Access Guide

Public Health has created a set of Food Access Guides that contain information about free or low-cost food and meal programs in various regions of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Nutrition Directory

The Nutrition Directory contains a comprehensive list of local reliable and credible nutrition programs and services for the public.

Other Resources

Need More Information About Healthy Eating in Child Care Settings?

Call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Child Care Providers

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ 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.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

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.