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Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Child Care Newsletter from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health! This newsletter will come out three times a year to provide you with updates from Public Health on a variety of topics, such as nutrition, physical activity, dental, immunizations and parenting.

Please share the information with your colleagues. They can sign up to get the newsletter sent directly to their email. The newsletter is set up so you can share the Parent Tips with the families in your child care centre. Just cut and paste the tips into your method of communication with parents.

If you want to get in touch with us, contact us at childcareupdates@wdgpublichealth.ca.
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Nutrition
 

Paint Your Plate with Vegetables and Fruit: A Toolkit for Child Care Providers*.  With input from child care educators, cooks and supervisors, a new resource was developed to help young children eat a variety of vegetables and fruit in the child care setting. The toolkit aligns with How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years (2014) and offers:
  • Menu planning tips, sample seasonal menus and recipes
  • Interactive games, flashcards and activities for program learning times
  • Promotional posters, factsheets and newsletters to engage parents
  • Guidance and sample policies for integrating vegetable and fruit into daily practices and creating supportive nutrition environments            
*The French version will be available soon.

Nutrition Parent Tip!

Unsure how to handle all the candy your child will get on Halloween? Think of this as an opportunity to help your child learn how to control their own eating and learn a habit that will help them deal with holiday eating for the rest of their life. Check out the 5 Unintended Lessons kids learn when parents try to restrict Halloween candy
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Wee Talk Speech and Language

  • Wee Talk Speech and Language services are available for children from birth to when they start school. It’s never too early to get more information or refer a child to the program.
  • Wee Talk offers free appointments with a speech-language pathologist to have a child's language, speech and communication assessed.
  • If a parent would like Wee Talk services outside of daycare, they can contact: Here4Kids at 1-844-454-3711.
  • Consultative services are also available in licensed daycares in Wellington County through the Inclusion Support Services program.

Wee Talk Parent Tip

Babies and children all over the world learn to speak more than one language with success. They learn language best from people who are fluent in their language. At home:
  • Talk to your child in your first language.
  • Read books in your first language.
  • Play and sing with your child in your first language.
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Dental

  • Childcare providers can play an essential role in ensuring the children in their care have optimal oral health. Let parents know if you notice anything unusual in their child’s mouth such as a hole (cavity) in a tooth or dark staining.
  • If you do notice a concern, let parents know that Public Health offers free dental services for children. Young children will have a fun experience going for a ride in a dental chair and having their teeth counted.  We want these first experiences to be positive so that children don’t develop a fear of going to the dentist. Parents can call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661 to find out if their child is eligible for these free services and to book an appointment.

Dental Parent Tip!

If you’re planning to give out treats this Halloween, choose treats without the sugar! Stickers, fun pencils, and Play-doh are great options to help minimize the damage that can be caused by sugary treats. #HealthyMouthHealthyBody.
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Immunization

  • As a child care worker, you are at risk of exposure to communicable diseases because of your close contact with children.
  • As flu season quickly approaches, have you thought about getting your flu shot?  Children under two years of age are the most susceptible for hospitalization related to flu and flu related complications, while 5-9 year-olds are the most likely to spread the infection.
  • Flu immunization is available at your local pharmacy, physician’s office, or Public Health office and is suggested annually for everyone 6 months of age and over.
  • If you have any questions related to the benefit of immunization please call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4746
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Infection Prevention and Control

Child care providers provide an important role in identifying signs and symptoms of illness in children and staff. During the fall and winter a common cause of illness is associated with Norovirus or the stomach flu.  Noroviruses are found in the stool or vomit of infected people. The viruses are very contagious and can spread easily from person to person.

To stop the spread of Norovirus a few key areas should be focused on. Staying home if ill, washing your hands often and cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. During an outbreak within the childcare centre, the following infection prevention and control measures should be taken:
  • Sending Line lists to Public Health
  • Posting outbreak signs
  • Excluding ill children and staff for a minimum of 48 Hrs. after symptoms have stopped.
  • Restricting group activities
  • Removing nature based and sensory play activities 

Infection Prevention and Control Tips for Parents

If someone is ill within your family, discourage visitors to the home. Be sure to wait for at least 2 days after everyone is better and the house is cleaned and disinfected.

When a family member is sick with vomiting or diarrhea, it is a good idea for that person to try to stay in a separate room and not be around others, as the virus spreads easily. Everyone in the family should wash their hands often with soap and water. Use different towels or paper towels for drying hands to help stop the spread to other people.

Visit our blog for more tips on how you can say “No” to norovirus in your home.
 
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Physical Activity

 
  • ParticipACTION released their 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The report card addresses the importance of physical activity for children and youth’s mental health. The report also includes tips for educators and parents to promote brain health through physical activity.
  • Check out the Early years educators toolkit developed by Active for Life for ideas on how to help children develop physical literacy at an early age. In this toolkit you’ll find information about physical literacy, lesson plans, and resources to share with parents.

Physical Activity Parent Tip

Your child’s physical activity needs depend on their age and stage of development. Activities should vary, be fun, and include both structured and unstructured play. Not sure what type of activities are appropriate for your child’s age? Head over to the Caring for Kids (caringforkids.cps.ca) website for more information.
A new resource for child care providers:
It Takes a Village: Taking Action for Healthy Children
 
A free, online course from Best Start for service providers working with children aged 2-11. The focus is on healthy weights in children, in the context of healthy child development. The course is broken into modules that focus on:
  • Understanding behavior change
  • Shifting the focus from weight to health
  • Mental health promotion
  • Creating a healthy food environment that supports children to eat well
  • Physical activity
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Help your family stay well this cold and flu season!

  • Eat well – choose foods from all four food groups which will provide you with the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
  • Get enough sleep – do you know how much sleep your child needs each night? Visit caringforkids.cps.ca for more information.
  • Be active everyday – physical activity keeps your family physically healthy. For more information on how much physical activity your child should have in a day visit csepguidelines.ca.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to water.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Find ways to reduce your stress.
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