Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Healthy Start?

There are a lot of reasons to join Healthy Start!

  • It’s easy to use
  • It engages educators, cooks and parents
  • It works – children have more opportunities to be active and eat healthy
  • It’s free
  • It’s fun – educators tell us they really enjoy the training and resources

Who can join Healthy Start program?

All interested childcare centres/homes, prekindergarten classes, Head Start programs and family resource centres are invited to join Healthy Start.

  • Please refer to Steps to Healthy Start (hyperlink to Steps to Healthy Start) for more information on the program
  • Healthy Start training is available online, and in-person training workshops are delivered in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick
  • Click here to get started by booking a Healthy Start training

What kind of in-person training is offered?

In-person training workshops are only available in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. These dynamic, hands-on sessions are great for team building. They give participants the opportunity to try out new activities, ask questions, and discuss with other practitioners. You can choose from:

  • On-site training workshop: individualized training for your whole staff
  • Booster session: a follow-up to the initial training; a second on-site visit
  • Regional workshop: for multiple centres that wish to send staff members for training
  • Refresher workshop: for new staff of centres that have received on-site training

For more information on Healthy Start training, or to book one of these options please refer to the Get Trained section.

Who participates in Healthy Start in-person trainings?

This training is for Saskatchewan and New-Brunswick residents.  We aim to include the full team of staff, parents, and others who influence the children. A Healthy Start training workshop likes to include:

  • Childcare directors and home childcare providers: come see what Healthy Start is all about and what this program will look like in your centre/home.
  • Educators and teachers: no matter your target age group, we have information that can be useful to you.
  • Cooks: Healthy Start provides simple and tasty ideas for healthy menus that children will love!
  • Parent board members: you play an important role in supporting your centre’s commitment to the Healthy Start program, such as by including physical activity and healthy eating in childcare centre policy.
  • Community Support: We encourage key individuals in your community, like public health nutritionists, recreation therapists, or school nutrition workers to attend. Anyone that can support health and wellness in your centre or school is welcome!

What is Healthy Start online?

Healthy Start Online covers the same material as an in-person training workshop. It is a 6-hour accredited course in early childhood education, offered through the University of Moncton. By completing the course participants can receive continuing education credits that can be applied to an Early Childhood Education Certification. In addition, practitioners can take short booster webinars for supplemental learning. All courses provide a certificate of participation upon completion.

For more information on Healthy Start Online, or to sign up for the course or webinars please refer to the Get Trained section.

What is Healthy Start for families?

Healthy Start for Families is a health and wellness program for you and your children ages 0-5 years (siblings are welcome).

  • Offered free of charge in a Healthy Start child care centre;
  • A series of 3 fun-filled, interactive sessions for families;
  • Practical ideas to encourage healthy eating and promote active play, every day!

For more information on Healthy Start for Families, or to register for sessions please refer to Healthy Start for Families.

Why is training so important?

Training is the “how-to” of Healthy Start. Training gives participants the chance to explore the Healthy Start resources and to discuss the importance of increasing healthy activities for young children. The training is meant to inspire practitioners to increase their own healthy habits and become supportive role models with the children in their care!

For more information on Healthy Start training, please refer to the Get Trained section.

How much does Healthy Start cost?

Thanks to our funders, we’re able to offer the training and resources free of charge.

Training occurs outside of regular care hours so that all staff may participate. Staff wages, meals and transportation are not covered by the program, and are the responsibility of your early years program. We encourage you to take advantage of local sources of funding help to cover costs. In Saskatchewan, for example, Healthy Start is an approved training for accessing the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education’s Professional Development Grant for licensed childcare centres/homes.

What is Healthy Start for Active Kids in New Brunswick?

Healthy Start for Active Kids is a joint training program developed in New Brunswick. It combines the “best of” Healthy Start and the New Brunswick Active Kids program. The program provides toolkits and training workshops designed to meet the needs of parents, caregivers and other adults that want to enhance the physical activity and healthy eating experiences of young children aged 0-5 years.

Healthy Start for Active Kids training is available through the New Brunswick Family Resource Centers (NBFRC). Regional training workshops are open to early learning and childcare practitioners, as well as individuals and organizations that work with children and families in New Brunswick.

Contact us for more information or to request a training opportunity: rsfs.communication@sasktel.net

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