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Child Care

There are certain regulations that child care operators are required to follow under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.  

We want to help keep children in your care healthy and safe by providing information on important pubic health topics that are relevant to your daily child care operations.

Contact Us:

Business hours for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit are Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Phone Number: 705-721-7520

  • Infectious Diseases Team extension 8809
  • Immunizations use extension 8807
  • For reports of animal bites/scratches use extension 8811

To report emergencies after hours please call: 1-888-225-7851

Hot Topics

Outbreaks: Review the outbreak section of the website to find out what you need to do when there is an increase in illness at your centre and what resources are available to support you through this time. 

Outdoor Air Quality: Each day you take roughly 20.000 breathes of air. The quality of that air has significant impact on our health in the long and short term.  Outdoor air quality is affected by different types of air pollutants from a variety of sources including vehicle emissions, wildfires and energy production and usage. 

Extreme Temperatures: Some people are more at risk of health impacts from heat or cold such as young children, older adults, those with pre-exiting health conditions, outdoor workers, and those who are under-housed.  It is important to be aware of and prepare for extreme temperature events.  We notify the pubic when there are heat and extreme cold warnings issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada.  

Food Recalls: Be aware of the foods that are being served to children within your centres.  The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit advises child care operators to subscribe to Health Canada's Recalls and Safety Alerts. Food recall warnings and allergy alerts can prevent food borne illnesses or a serious allergic reaction. 




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