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Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care Settings- A checklist for child care practioners and public health inspectors.

Nowadays, more than half of the children over age six months spent more than six of their day in childcare centers in Canada. While the children are learning new skills and developing relationship with others, they may also face the risk of contact harmful diseases and chemicals. If this kind of exposure cannot be prevent or reduce in early stage, children might develop asthma, learning disabilities and other chronic conditions (CPCHE, pg 1). In the document, the writer wants to equip child care practitioners and public health inspectors to inspect and reduce children’s risk of exposure to chemicals and pollutants in childcare environments.

This document contains three sections. The first section provides an overview on children’s health issues and general health concerns in childcare centers. Having two years of experience in the field of Early childcare and education, I understand children are very vulnerable than adults to potential health problems. And once children are having health issues, the diseases will affect their eating habit, their behavior and eventually their whole body system. And their learning and growing will be disturbed or even destroyed because of the harmful effect from their physical environment.

The second section gives a list of checklists that may help childcare practitioners to improve childcare environment in both indoor and outdoor. The third section of the document provides relevant resources and links to different checklists. The First checklist is called the “Checklist for creating healthier, greener child care settings”, this is a self-assessment tool that can help childcare practitioners to identify health environment for children. One of the advantage of this checklist is it provides detail of outdoor play area and include the harmful effect on sun light. See the below list:

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The third section of the document provides relevant resources and links to different checklists. In this section, we can find supporting information and resources on outdoor air quality; outdoor areas; sun safety; indoor air quality and dust; cleaning and disinfection; activity, learning and play areas; kitchen and food preparation areas; renovations; surrounding sources of chemical emissions; sustainability issues.
There are several ways to use this document effectively; one of the ways could be use this as a self-assessment and planning tool for childcare practitioners. On the other hand, parents may use this to create dialogue with local childcare center about children’s health issues.
The document also provides a list of relevant resources for reader to engage in further reading. For example:


Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Enviornment (CPCHE). (2010). Advancing environmental health in child care seetings: A checklist for child care practioners and public health inspectors.. Toronto: Retrieved from