A collaborative relationship between practitioners and families is a key element of quality child care. That is why the Canadian Child Care Federation has developed resources with parents in mind.
Early Learning and Childcare Resources
Finding a high quality early learning environment that meets the needs of your child and your family is challenging. We suggest you use a look, listen, ask and feel approach.
Look – do you like the environment? Is it child friendly? Is it safe? Is it welcoming for both you and your child?
Listen– asking key questions (and getting the correct answers) will provide you with vital information. See checklist brochure below for questions.
Ask- is the provider licensed/regulated/monitored? Do they have emergency first aid training? Are they insured to run a child care program? Do they provide receipts for payments?
Feel – do you like being in the setting? Does your child look relaxed, happy during your visit? Are they interested in what is happening?
A guide for parents in Canada
This website provides information for parents in Canada looking for quality child care that’s affordable and meets the needs of their families. Find out why it’s hard to find good child care, about child care options in each province and territory, general information about child care in Canada, what the best evidence says about quality, and how to improve your chances of accessing high-quality child care.
100 Parenting Resources
The CCCF resource sheet series, has been developed with both you the parent and the practitioner in mind. The information is provided in an accessible, free downloadable format, with concise practical tips on how to manage the early years.
- When a Child is Hospitalized
- Parents as Partners in Reading
- The Child’s Rights in a Preschool Setting
- Car Travel with Preschoolers
- 98 Ways To Say “Very Good”
- “I See! I Want!”
- How Well Do You Know Your Child?
- Musical Playtime
- Returning to Work with an Infant
- Helping Children Understand Death
- Healthy Habits Include Fitness
- Video Literacy: A Challenge for Parents and Caregivers
- Protecting Children: Helpful Rules to Keep Young People Safe
- Recycling for Fun
- Children and Creativity
- Revenge on the Superheroes
- Home Alone
- When Jack Frost Comes Nipping
- Stress in Children
- Sunshine – Approach with Caution
- Safety in the Arts
- Cooking and Learning Together
- Developmentally Appropriate Practices in School-Age Child Care
- Food Safety for Everyone
- Seven Steps to Oral Hygiene for Children
- Toy Safety
- Ear Infections, Hearing Loss and Children
- Water Safety
- Toxic Plant List
- Respecting the Children in Our Care
- Encouraging Language Acquisition in Young Children
- Playground Safety
- HIV/AIDS and Child Care
- Making a Quality Child Care Choice
- Helping Children Respect and Appreciate Diversity
- Helping Young Children Tell the Truth
- Celebrate National Child Day – November 20
- Communicating with a Child who has Special Needs
- Managing the Television at Home
- Babies and Toddlers Need Language Play Too
- Coping with Separation Anxiety
- Managing the Internet
- Exploring Nature with Children
- Comforting Your Young Child
- Understanding Learning Styles
- Making Active Choices Every Day
- Polyvinyl Chloride Toys
- Tips for Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour
- Teaching Children to Respect Dogs
- Choosing Good Video Games
- Your Child’s Relationships
- Supporting your Child’s Physical Activities
- Not all Bugs are Created Equal: Use Antibiotics Wisely
- Children’s Healthy Eating
- Resolving Conflicts – Promoting Peace
- Early Identification for Children with Special Needs
- Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
- Families Helping Families
- Keeping Current through Lifelong Learning
- Where Does Your Centre-Based Child Care Dollar Go?
- Discovering Work Family Balance
- 10 Tips for Selecting Children’s Software
- Respecting Children’s Rights in Practice
- Respecting Children’s Rights at Home
- The Best Parent Ever
- Fear and Loathing: A Guide to Bullying Behaviour
- Healthy Spaces
- Children at Play in the Great Outdoors
- The World is the Children
- Caring for Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Connecting with Your Community Health Partners: Paediatricians
- Supporting Science Learning at Home
- Connecting with Your Community Health Partners: Dieticians
- Teaching Children About Safe Fire Exits at Home
- Moving and Growing:Building a Lifelong Habit of Physical Activity
- Connecting With Your Community Partners: ChildWelfareWorkers
- Supporting Children to Learn Through Play
- I Have the Right to Play!
- Bringing Back Physical Activity in Childhood
- Outdoor Play Environments
- Supporting and Encouraging Children’s Right to be Heard
- Physical Punishment – It’s Harmful and It Doesn’t Work
- Toilet Learning
- Hand Washing: The Best Prevention for Colds and Flu
- Building a Partnership with Your Child Care Practitioner
- Building Partnerships with Families
- Practitioners and Families Together: Encouraging Positive Behaviour
- Strengthening Communication Skills
- Parents as Partners: Enhancing Self-Esteem
- Problem-Solving Skills — Enhancing Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being and Resilience
- Families and Practioners Working Collaboratively to Support Cultural Identity in Young Children
- Encouraging Aboriginal Cultural Identity at Home and in Child Care
- Growing a Green Garden – Organic Gardening in a Child Care Setting
- Building a Foundation for Numeracy
- Ages and Stages of Numeracy Development
- Preventative Steps When Caring for Children in Your Home
- How Do You Know That You Are Moving Toward Inclusion?
- Learning to use “Words”!
- Clean Air for Healthy Children
- Nine Crucial Elements of Early Childhood Education
- Promoting Indigenous Languages in Early Learning and Child Care
- Child Care: A Canadian Snapshot
- The Value of Play for Young Children
- Primary Care
- Creating a Personal Approach to Leadershp
- Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Behaviours
- Your Family/Home Child Care An Environment Checklist
Dietitians help parents find out how their young child’s eating habits measure up
Dietitians of Canada is excited to announce the launch of Nutri-eSTEP at www.nutritionscreen.ca. This new online tool will help parents of young children identify positive healthy eating habits, offer guidance on how to work on eating behaviours that need improvement and link them to existing resources.
“In less than 10 minutes, parents or a caregiver can complete an easy to use online questionnaire, receive immediate feedback on “What is Going Well” and “What to Work On”, and then be linked to healthy eating resources and community services,” says Helen Haresign, Director of EatRight Ontario. “Launching the Nutri-eSTEP online tool means that more parents across Canada can benefit from the screening tool.”
Dietitians of Canada, and the staff of EatRight Ontario, have worked with the University of Guelph to bring the NutriSTEP® nutrition screening questionnaires for preschoolers (3-5 years) and toddlers (18-35 months) online. Parents answer a series of multiple choice questions about the child’s current habits, such as daily food choices, screen time and physical activity, growth and other related factors. “The questionnaires are a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify potential nutrition problems in young children. By providing parents with healthy eating advice, children will get a healthy start in life for good nutrition, healthy growth and development, and school readiness,” says Janis Randall Simpson, Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. The NutriSTEP®questionnaires were previously provided to parents by staff in some clinics, public health, or day cares, but were not available to all parents. Nutri-eSTEP helps address barriers for underserviced areas, and means that more parents have access to the screening questionnaires as well as written feedback and tips from registered dietitians, and follow up links to articles, videos, kid-friendly recipes and community services.
Parents who complete the questionnaires and are looking for more guidance can contact nutrition services in their community. In Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba, parents can call a Dietitian Call Centre to get free advice.
- EatRight Ontario – call toll free 1-877-510-510-2
- HealthLinkBC – call toll free 8-1-1
- Manitoba – call Dial-a-Dietitian toll free 1-877-830-2892, or 204-788-8248 in Winnipeg
The project is funded by a Knowledge Translation Supplement from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
About Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the national professional association for dietitians, representing close to 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national level. As the voice of the profession, DC strives for excellence in advancing health through food and nutrition. DC operates EatRight Ontario and acknowledges the financial support of EatRight Ontario by the Ontario government.