What are the NEW Nutrition Requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act?
The Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 (Section 42 of Ontario Regulation 137/15) states that for children one year old or older:
“All meals, snacks and beverages must meet the recommendations set out in the Health Canada documents “Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide”, “Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis” or “Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants”, as amended from time to time, as the case may be.”
According to the CCEYA, the licensee shall ensure that:
- Parents provide written feeding instructions for all children less than one year of age.
- Parents provide written instructions for all children with special dietary needs. Food or drink provided by parents must be clearly labeled with the child’s name and the date the food was sent to the centre.
- Food or drink is stored in a manner that maximizes its nutritive value and minimizes the risk of contamination or spoilage.
- A list of children with food allergies and the specifics of the allergy is posted in clear view in both the cooking and serving areas of the child care centre.
- Complete menus are posted in an obvious and visible location for the current and following week. Any substitutions are to be noted on the posted menu for parents’ reference at the time of substitution.
- Menus are kept for 30 days following the last day that it was applicable.
The above points are just part of the nutrition section of the CCEYA. See the complete nutrition section of the CCEYA here.