Early learning and child care settings can have a positive effect on children’s health by:
By working closely with families, and focusing on creating a positive eating environment in your facility, you can also have an impact on children’s present and future health.
We hope that the information you find here will help you to take steps toward creating healthy eating environments in your early learning and child care facilities.
Use this handbook to help build relationships with families around food; learn more about the nutrition challenges you encounter; provide children with nutritious food choices; and create a healthy eating environment in your facility.
This handbook supports the ‘best practices’ licensing manual by providing practical advice to help you put the regulations and guidelines into place. The information in this handbook can be individualized to meet the needs of your unique facility.
All licensed facilities in Manitoba have received a hard copy of this handbook.
Contact this toll-free line* with specific questions about nutrition in early learning and child care or for menu advice. A registered dietitian from the Early Learning and Child Care Nutrition Support Team will answer your questions.
*This toll-free line is not meant for general nutrition inquiries or non-food & nutrition child care issues.
These recipes have been collected from and tested by early learning and child care facilities here in Manitoba. Try them in your facility and maybe you’ll find a new favorite!
These 1/2 to 1 page nutrition fact sheets can be used as handouts for families or staff, or cut and paste them into your facility newsletter!!
Visit the Early Learning and Child Care Program website at: