Childcare Settings

The Brant County Health Unit works with licensed childcare centres to ensure that they are maintained in a healthy and safe manner.

Public Health Inspectors (PHI) provide a variety of services to licensed childcare centres. PHI’s conduct compliance inspections, follow up on complaints, assist in outbreak and emergency management, provide educational materials, and consult on structural changes, policies and procedures at the centres.

The Health Unit has published a Childcare Manual that is available for owners and operators of licensed childcare facilities.

The number one priority of childcare centres is the health and safety of those in their care. The Health Unit provides information on how to keep toys, equipment and surfaces clean in the centre. Learn about the optimal temperature of water for use by children, and find out how to ensure good air quality.

We also provide templates to help you track illnesses among those in your care. Keeping track of symptoms will help you to control the spread of viruses..

For more information and to access templates and forms, view the information below.

The Brant County Health Unit encourages optimal nutrition within childcare settings as we recognize the importance of nutrition on healthy growth and development. Providing optimal nutrition involves both menu planning and the eating environment in childcare settings.

The Child Care Menu Planning Practical Guide is available in both English in French, and in web and print viewing options. This Practical Guide is meant to be a tool that child care providers can use to help them meet the nutrition requirements within the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, and is based on the guidance from Canada’s Food Guide. Ontario Dietitians in Public Health also has supporting resources available beyond menu planning to support the eating environment and other considerations relevant to childcare settings.

 

If your childcare centre has general questions about nutrition, you can contact the Brant County Health Unit Nutrition Line at: 519-753-4937 ext. 458

Diseases of Public Health Significance must be reported to the health unit. This form can be used as a reporting tool. Once completed, the form can be submitted to infection.control@bchu.org or can be faxed to 519-753-9127

DOPHS Reporting Form

Use the reporting form linked below to notify the health unit of an increase in illness in your childcare centre.  Don’t forget to fill out the line list (refer to the section below) to report individual cases. This form can be emailed or uploaded to your Sharefile account.  If you are reporting an outbreak afterhours, please call 519-753-4937 and hold the line.

Outbreak Notification Form

Use the line list template provided below to report individual cases to the health unit. The line list can be uploaded to your Sharefile account, which a public health inspector will review as soon as possible.

Illness Reporting Line List

The pest control log provided below can be used as a template to create your own log or can simply be used to record your pest control monitoring activities.

Pest Monitoring Template

Temperature log use can have lots of advantages. It can help you notice equipment failure, identify where temperature abuse might have occurred, etc.  While this is not a requirement, it is highly recommended that all centres have temperature logs for the above-mentioned reasons. You can adapt or use the template provided below.

Record of Various Temperature Log Template

You can download the outbreak poster to post at the main entrances of your centre if you are in outbreak. Alternatively, you can speak to your public health inspector and request a copy if you don’t already have one.

Child Outbreak Poster