Nutrition at Child Care Centres

Review the Menu Planning and Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings information.

Practical Guides

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)

English guide  |  French guide 

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

Visit for information about food and nutrition.

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

Menu and Nutrition Environment 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

Supporting a Healthy Eating Environment in Child Care Settings
Facilitated by Public Health Dietitians
Date and time: To be announced

Menu Planning for Child Care Settings
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: 526 Upper Paradise Rd, Hamilton Facilitated by Public Health Dietitians
Cost: $10.00 Members     $20.00 Non-members
To register: email or call 905-574-6876 Ext. 222
*Participants are encouraged to bring current menus from their child care centres 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 (November 2017) that are the “gold standard” that go above and beyond the CCEYA requirements
  • Assess current menus and consult with Public Health Nutrition staff
  • Learn new and creative meal and snack ideas
  • Pick up current resources

Facilitated by Hamilton 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