Promotion of child health and safety standards are not only important but critical for successful early learning and child care

Child Health and Safety

We know that children are more vulnerable than adults to hazards, environmental and physical. Parents and educators want the best for children, but we don’t always know where the dangers lie or what we can do to protect them. The adherence to and promotion of child health and safety standards as well as ongoing learning about precaution are not only important but critical for successful early learning and child care. 



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Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

Quality child care includes supporting the success and continuation of breastfeeding. A flexible child care provider is a valuable partner in supporting the mother’s decision to continue to breastfeed.

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Child Health and Safety

Toxic Plant List

The following plants may cause toxic symptoms when ingested or dermatitis when handled. In addition to toxic plants, be aware that plants treated with pesticides, insecticides or herbicides are toxic.

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Children Health and Safety Resources

The Canadian Child Care Federation is proud to be a founding partner of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and the Environment (CPCHE)Together we have developed numerous resources that translate the most recent research into accessible resources for parents and practitioners. 

Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings – A Checklist for Child Care Practitioners and Public Health Inspectors This user-friendly checklist is designed to assist child care practitioners and public health inspectors in identifying practical steps to reduce children’s exposures to toxic chemicals and pollutants in various indoor and outdoor child care settings. Download Resource

Additional resources

Enjoy Some Of Our Past Content On Child Health and Safety

  1. Child Safety Protecting Children against sexual abuse
    These guidelines will help parents and educators teach children how to stay safe. Download the copy here


  2. Fire Safety
    It’s important to know what you are going to do when that smoke alarm goes off. You may have less than two minutes to escape before smoke creates life-threatening conditions. Download the copy here

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Anyone working in licensed child care has to apply for certification. You will find certification information for your province or territory on our child care certification page.

With your resume and cover letter ready (we’ll provide guides for this soon), contact child care centres and introduce yourself! You can call, email, or even message them on social media. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a reply. Try again a few days later to give them your resume in person. Remember that due to safety reasons you need to call first. Tell them you live in their area, and that you’re looking for a position.

On our provincial and territorial map we link to child care associations in your area. Follow the link to your association and join today. The associations provide valuable information to anyone starting out in their career. Even experienced ECEs can benefit. You’ll also enjoy valuable member benefits like discounts, meet other ECEs, and become a part of the child care movement in Canada.

If you join your provincial or territorial affiliate, you’re automatically also a member of the CCCF.

All licensed and regulated quality child care programs in Canada require these for the safety and security of children and families.

If you’re just starting out:

  1. Get certified!
  2. Find the requirements for your province or territory
  3. Write your resume and begin your job search. We’ll provide tips on this soon. 
  4. Get your vulnerable sector check and first aid training

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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are incredible professionals that have rewarding, important and demanding careers. They work with young children (and their families), ages 0-12, nurturing and educating them, observing and planning for their growth and development while ensuring that they are healthy. They create interactive and dynamic learning environments where children develop social skills, develop cognitive skills and foster lifelong learning. ECEs work in child care centres, classrooms, home child cares, preschool, and parent drop-in programs. You do not need a teaching degree to be an ECE, but you do need your ECE diploma.

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Annual Membership rate $65 CAD.
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