Nova Scotia has long been concerned about the health and welfare of young children in child care centres. However, with increasing rates of chronic disease in the province and more knowledge about the influences on the development of healthy eating behaviours, change to the way we support young children is needed. In 2007, the province embarked on a revision of the regulations and guidelines that promote healthy eating in regulated child care settings. In 2011 the Standards and Guidelines, as described in the Manual, were implemented.
Follow this link to the Nova Scotia Manual for Food & Nutrition in Regulated Child Care Settings.
The Nutrition Standards in Child Care Project (NSCCP) began in 2012. This was a research project that wanted to see if the Standards and Guidelines for Food and Nutrition in regulated Child Care Settings helped to create heathier environments for young children, particularly healthier meals and snacks. Follow this link to the NSCCP Report.
The vignettes in the Sharing Stories video are some of the stories we heard along the way, and represent to us a reminder that, although we may individually support young children in different ways as they learn to eat, we are all trying to achieve the same thing; to help children grow up with a healthy relationship with food that will last them a lifetime!