» Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of reasons to join this early years health promotion program:

  • It’s easy to use
  • It engages educators, cook and parents
  • It works – educators see children moving more!
  • It’s free
  • It’s fun – educators tell us they really enjoy the training and resources!

Yes! We’re looking for childcare centres and prekindergarten classes that would like to join our movement!

  • Workshops will be delivered throughout Saskatchewan
  • We will primarily be recruiting childcare centres and prekindergarten programs in Yorkton, Swift Current, South East, Regina, North Battleford, Prince Albert and the North West regions.
  • For all other regions, please leave a detailed message with our contact information below:

Saskatoon / North Coordination
Telephone: 306-653-7454
1-855-653-7454 (Toll free)
Fax: 306-664-6447
220 – 308 4th Avenue North
Saskatoon (SK) S7K 2L7

Regina / South Coordination
Telephone: 306-519-3962
202-2050 Cornwall Street
Regina, SK   S4P 2K5

New Brunswick
Telephone: 506-863-2266
Fax: 506-863-2284
Pavillon J-Raymond-Frenette (MJRF)
100 rue des Aboiteaux
Moncton (NB) E1A 3E9

Thanks to our funders, we’re able to offer the training and resources free of cost!  Training occurs outside of regular care hours so that all staff may participate. Staff wages and meals are not covered by the project and are the responsibility of the centre.  However, we are on the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s list of eligible training agencies and topics, so you can apply for one of their Professional Development Grant to help cover some of the costs.  For more information on the Professional Development Grant, see the Ministry of Education’s website.

Training is the “how-to” of the Healthy Start implementation.   You can choose between a 3-hour or a 5-hour high-energy, dynamic session, delivered on-site. The workshop will give your childcare centre or prekindergarten staff the chance to explore the Healthy Start resources. You will have the opportunity to discuss the importance of increasing healthy activities for young children in your centre programming.

The more the merrier!  We include:

  • Directors: come see what Healthy Start is all about and what this program will look in your centre.
  • Educators and teachers: no matter your target age group, we have information that can be useful to you.
  • Cooks: on top of receiving great recipe ideas, Healthy Start provides simple and tasty ideas for healthy menus that children will love!
  • Parent board members: you play an important role in committing to Healthy Start in the centre and we encourage you to look at ways of making sure that physical activity and healthy eating are included in your childcare centre policies.
  • Parents: Healthy Start has resources for parents to inspire healthy behaviours in your children and family. We encourage parents to attend our trainings.
  • Community Support: We encourage any key individuals in your community like, public health nutritionists, recreation therapists, school nutrition workers. You get the idea – anyone that can support health and wellness in your centre or school!

Yes, as Healthy Start is an evidence-based program founded on best practice. All centres participate in evaluating and providing feedback to some degree! However, the comparative study – the part of our program that evaluated the effectiveness of the Healthy Start program is now complete. This study will allow us to measure our progress, the quality of delivery and ensure continuous improvement. Results of our evaluation will be shared in upcoming months. For more information on the evaluation, please check out our page on the Research Study.

Since the children often choose the activities, they are excited to play them.

- Educator (SK)