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Child Care Nutrition

Child Care Nutrition

As a child care provider, you play an important role in the daily nutrition of the children in your care. Children attending child care for more than six hours receive at least half of their daily nutrition from you! You have the opportunity to shape children’s eating habits to be as healthy as possible. You can help do this by providing healthy meals and snacks, role modeling healthy eating practices, and having a healthy attitude towards food.

Child care nutrition resources have been created to support you in planning and preparing healthy food, and in providing a supportive nutrition environment for children. They will help you meet the food and drink requirements set out in the 
Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
 (section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15).The resources include the Menu Planning and Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings - Practical Guide (which is linked in the Ministry of Education’s Child Care Centre Licensing Manual, Section 5:Nutrition), and the Menu and Nutrition Environment Self-Assessment Tool.

Is your child care setting looking for nutrition information and support? Contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m

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