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Healthy Beginnings Manuals for BC

The Healthy Beginnings Manuals have been adapted for BC use.  Click to download or view the BC Manuals in their entirety:


The Be a Sun Safe Kids was developed by the BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs.  There are three sun safe lessons for childcare providers to use with preschool aged children.  Please download this free resource: Be a Sun-Safe Kid!

In the Healthy Beginnings 2-5 manuals, you might recognize some of the resources we are sharing from Decoda Literacy Solutions, Leap BC.  LEAP for Practitioners has lots of great material that includes HOP (Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers) and Food Flair for Childcare.  Both of these full manuals are available for purchase from Decoda Literacy Solutions and many pages are also available for free download.  Please visit the LEAP BC website for more information and full resources.

The Child Care Licensing Regulation is the minimum standard for all licensed child care facilities in BC. For more information about licensing requirements please contact your local Health Authority Community Care Licensing Office www.health.gov.bc.ca/ccf/contacts.html. For more information about Early Childhood Education please visit the ECE Registry at  www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/ece/index.htm

The Healthy Beginnings 2-5 Guidelines are in addition to the BC Child Care Licensing Regulation.  They are voluntary guidelines developed by experts in physical activity and nutrition to provide guidance to early learning practitioners who want to provide the optimal health promoting childcare environment.  These guidelines reflect best-practice.

Healthy Families BC is a website created by the Province of British Columbia and hosts many resources, materials, contacts and supports for all BC families.  On this site, you will find information on food and nutrition, active lifestyles, pregnancy, parenting and more.  Visit the website for more ideas and ways you can be a BC healthy family.

The Appetite to Play initiative was developed by Child Health BC, YMCA of Greater Vancouver, Childhood Obesity Foundation and Sport for Life Society. The initiative supports Healthy Families BC, the government’s health prevention and promotion strategy that focuses on leadership and health improvement for British Columbian families and their communities.  Appetite to Play offers a variety of training opportunities to early years practitioners in BC.  Learn more about this provincial resource by visiting Appetite to Play

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