Nutrition at Child Care Centres

Menu Planning and Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings – Practical Guide and Self-Assessment Checklist


These child care nutrition resources were created by Public Health Dietitians in Ontario to help and support providers to:

  • plan and prepare healthy food for children in their care
  • reflect current best practices for creating supportive nutrition environments in the child care setting
  • meet the food and drink requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (CCEYA, Section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15)

Support & questions

For support in implementing these nutrition recommendations contact:

  • Public Health Services in your area
  • In Hamilton phone Health Connections at 905-546-3550

Speak to a Registered Dietitian by calling Telehealth Ontario. Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000 Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Visit UnlockFood.ca for information about food and nutrition.

Self-Assessment Checklist

The Menu and Nutrition Environment Self-Assessment Tool English | French ) complements the Menu Planning and Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings Practical Guide.

Join us for Child Care Nutrition Workshops

Menu Planning for Child Care Settings

Date: Tuesday Oct 2, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: 526 Upper Paradise Road, Hamilton
Cost: $10.00 Members, $20.00 Non-members
To register: email ascy@ascy.ca or call 905-574-6876 Ext. 222
*Participants are encouraged to bring current menus from their child care setting for this workshop

At this interactive session for cooks, supervisors, ECEs and other child care staff, participants will:

  • Review healthy eating requirements
  • Learn about the NEW nutrition recommendations (December 2017) that are the “gold standard” that go above and beyond the Child Care and Early Years Act
  • Assess current menus and consult with Public Health Nutrition staff
  • Learn new and creative meal and snack ideas
  • Pick up current resources

Facilitated by Public Health Dietitians


Supporting a Healthy Eating Environment in Child Care Settings

Date: Tuesday Nov 27, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Location: 526 Upper Paradise Road, Hamilton
Cost: $10.00 Members, $20.00 Non-members
To register: email ascy@ascy.ca or call 905-574-6876 Ext. 222

At this interactive workshop for ECEs, supervisors, cooks and other child care staff, participants will:

  • Get tips on how to help children learn to enjoy a variety of foods
  • Find out how to avoid mealtime battles
  • Discover how the child care setting can promote healthy eating
  • Learn about tools to help parents determine their child’s nutrition risk
  • Pick up helpful resources

Facilitated by Public Health Dietitians

 

Nutrition information for families

We can provide short nutrition articles with simple and clear information on nutrition topics that affect families with children from birth to six years of age for you to put in a newsletter or post on a bulletin board.

To receive these articles six times per year, contact:
Health Connections
Phone: 905-546-3550 
Email: publichealth@hamilton.ca