These child care nutrition resources were created to support child care providers in planning and preparing healthy food for children in their care. They reflect current best practices for creating supportive nutrition environments in the child care setting and will help providers meet the food and drink requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (section 42 of Ont. Reg. 137/15).
Resources found here may be printed and used for non-commercial purposes as long as they are not altered in any way. If you wish to adapt a resource found in this section, please complete this form Permission to Reproduce Form. ODPH does not have print copies available. Please contact your local health unit, as some may have print copies available to child care providers in their regions.
The first phase of Canada's Food Guide was released in January 2019. Health Canada will be releasing Canada's Healthy Eating Pattern later in 2019, which will provide more specific guidance on amounts and types of foods, as well as life-stage guidance. In the meantime, the Ministry of Education of Ontario is supportive of child care settings to continue to refer to the Menu Planning & Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings Practical Guide from ODPH for menu planning.
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The Practical Guide includes information for child care providers on menu planning, food and beverages that should be served, appropriate portion sizes for different age groups, sample menus and templates as well as strategies to create a supportive nutrition environment.
This Menu and Nutrition Environment Self-Assessment Tool will help child care cooks, chefs and providers assess their menus to meet the food and drink requirements in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (section 42 of Ontario Regulation 137/15).
Paint Your Plate with Vegetables and Fruit - A Toolkit for Ontario Child Care Providers
For child care operators, supervisors, cooks and staff who are working in the child care setting, these online courses will help you understand and apply the nutrition recommendations outlined in the Menu Planning & Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings - Practical Guide.