Programs and Services Offered - Child Care
Planning Your Child Care Menu
York Region Community and Health Services, Nutrition Services can help you plan your child care menus. Check out the Sample 4-week Preschooler menu to give you some healthy meal and snack ideas. If your centre is in York Region, a nutrition educator will review your menus upon request. Call 1-800-735-6625 ext. 4337 or ext. 4335 to arrange a menu review. Come Grow With Us Health Education and Resource Manual for Child Care Providers has a chapter on healthy eating and menu planning in child care settings.
Workshops for Child Care Providers
York Region Community and Health Services, Nutrition Services offers the following workshops about healthy eating and menu planning for children in York Region child care settings:
Nutrition for Children in Child Care Settings: A 1 1/2 hour workshop for child care operators, supervisors and staff. Topics include Canada's Food Guide, the Day Nurseries Act: Nutrition Requirements, healthy eating for children, healthy feeding relationships and fussy eaters.
Menu Planning for Healthy Meals and Snacks: A 3-hour workshop for child care centre cooks in conjunction with the centre's operators/supervisors. Topics include healthy eating for children, Canada's Food Guide, the Day Nurseries Act: Nutrition Requirements, menu planning and healthy recipes kids will like.
Healthy Eating for Young Children: A 1 1/2 hour workshop for home child care providers. Topics include the Canada's Food Guide, Day Nurseries Act: Nutrition Requirements, serving sizes for children, planning healthy meals and snacks, healthy feeding relationships and fussy eaters.
Please call 1-800-735-6625 ext. 4338 or ext. 4335 to arrange a workshop. Note: We require you arrange a suitable location for the workshop and guarantee a minimum of 10 participants.
Body Image and Young Children
Storybooks about food and healthy eating
Young children can have issues with their body image. Child care providers can play an important role in fostering a healthy body image.
NutriSTEP®: Nutrition risk-screening questionnaires, in which parents of toddlers and preschoolers 18 months to 5 years of age answer questions about their child's eating habits
Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide: A guide for providing Canadians age 2 and over with a healthy pattern of eating
Canadian Paediatric Society: A source of information on child and youth health
Dietitians of Canada: A source of information on food and nutrition for Canadians
Healthy Start for Life: A website that can help parents and child care providers learn more about the nutrition and physical activity needs of preschoolers
Red Flags Early Identification in York Region: A reference guide to assist early years professionals decide whether to refer a family for additional advice, assessment and/or treatment
Ellyn Satter Associates: A website with information for professionals and parents about eating and feeding
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