Health, Safety & Nutrition
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​Healthy Eating, Active Living

Active play helps to promote healthy growth and development and supports body control and movement. Active play can help build strong bones and muscles, improve balance, coordination and assists with the development of gross motor and fine motor skills. Active play also helps to promote children’s confidence, improves concentration and thinking and learning skills and provides opportunities to develop social skills and make friends.

The Director of Licensing Standard of Practice – Active Play recommends that active play is incorporated into every day routines and screen time is limited.

The following resources are suggested:

Active Play

Appetite to Play supports early years providers to promote and encourage physical activity and healthy eating. Public Health Services Authority offers resources encouraging healthy habits for life. Healthy eating plays a very important role in your overall health and the health of your family. Healthy eating promotes and supports social, physical, and mental wellbeing for everyone, at all ages and stages of life.

Feeding

Are struggles over food taking the joy out of meal time? Are you interested in helping children develop a healthy relationship with food? Public Health Services Authority offers a one hour online course that supports child care providers in feeding children using a best-practice approach: “Healthy Eating in the Childcare Setting – Division of Responsibility Model”

Safe Food, Drinking Water and Indoor Air

Following food safety techniques to prevent food bourne illness is important for your child care operation. Young children are more likely to get a food borne illness than healthy adults. It is recommended that caregivers have safe food handling training. 
Persons with reduced immunity due to age (very young or elderly), congenital immune deficiencies, acquired diseases or certain medications may be at greater risk for waterborne diseases. As such, review and monitoring of water supplies is necessary to ensure safe water is available for all persons in care.
Second to smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. In Interior Health, we take radon exposure seriously and therefore radon testing is mandatory for all child care providers.

Prevention of Illness and Injury

The following resources are provided on a range of topics relating to communicable illnesses and injury prevention.

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