Healthy eating and physical activity during the early years support optimal growth and development and set the stage for lifelong habits. Since many young children spend a significant amount of time in care, childcare programs provide one of the best opportunities to promote healthy eating and physical activity among a large number of children and their families.

Health Unit staff can work with you to develop and implement guidelines that support staff to provide children with nutritious food in a positive eating environment and to offer a variety of movement opportunities.

We have also developed a parent handbook and series of newsletter articles that can be adapted for your childcare program. Please contact the Health Unit if you would like these resources or want assistance with putting guidelines in place.

Child Care Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines Training

We have partnered with Ottawa Public Health to offer training on the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines. The training is delivered as a series of online modules. You will be linked to a website from the City of Ottawa and will need to create an account to access the training.

  • Part One covers healthy eating and will take about 50 minutes to complete.
  • Part Two covers physical activity and will take about 20 minutes to complete.

You do not need to complete all of the modules at one time. You will be able to view and print a report showing your completion of the Childcare Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines Training modules.

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Healthy eating

Physical activity