Promotion of child health and safety standards are not only important but critical for successful early learning and child care
Child Health Safety and the Environment
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 environments in which young children learn, play, and grow contribute in crucial ways to children’s lifelong health trajectories. Providing all children in Canada with an equal opportunity to learn and play in safe, healthy, and sustainable child care environments is a necessary and attainable step. Check out the resources here to find out how you can make an impact in the lives of the children and families.
CHILD HEALTH AND SAFETY Articles
Free Event: Providing Healthy Sustainable Child Care Environments
Join the CCCF & CPCHE for a free webinar on providing healthy sustainable child care environments. This webinar will focus on indoor air quality and how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beyond COVID 19 Webinar – Supporting Children, Families & Staff: Reintegrating to the New Normal
This webinar took place in June 2021. Participants learned to view their own stress levels and find ways to build resilience. It will also help you identify the impact of this stress on a child’s behaviour.
Handwashing: the best prevention for colds and flu
Washing your hands and your kids’ hands is the best way to stop the spread of germs
Physical Punishment – It’s Harmful and It Doesn’t Work
The misgivings many parents feel around administering physical punishment are well founded. Research shows that not only does physical punishment not work, it can have detrimental effects on a child’s healthy development.
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.
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.
Children Health and Safety Resources
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 https://www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca/collections/resources-child-care-sector
Enjoy Some Of Our Past Content On Child Health and Safety
- Child Safety Protecting Children against sexual abuse
These guidelines will help parents and educators teach children how to stay safe. Download the copy here
- 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