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Healthy Bodies Checklist

 
Learn about how to get your child's health ready for going to school.

Is your child ready for school? Use the information below to help ensure your child's first experience of school is as enjoyable as possible. Simply click on a heading for helpful information, tips, and resources.
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Having a healthy mouth and teeth plays an important role in your child’s overall health and well-being. For example, problems with their teeth or gums can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.

Things parents can do to help their child have a healthy mouth and teeth:

  • Make a plan for your child to see a dentist prior to starting school.
  • Teach and supervise your child with brushing their teeth twice daily.
  • Teach and supervise your child with flossing their teeth and brushing their tongue once daily
  • Learn what foods and snacks are better for your child's teeth and where possible make them part of your child’s school lunches

Did you know? Halton Region Health Department provides financial assistance for dental work. To find out if you qualify, call 311 or visit Halton Region's Dental Financial Assistance and Healthy Smiles Ontario

It is important to have your child's eyes checked before they start school as problems with their vision can impact learning.

Did you know?

  • 80% of learning depends on children having healthy eyes.
  • 25% of school aged children have an undetected vision problem.
  • Children under 20 years living in Ontario can have a yearly eye exam covered by OHIP.
  • Children entering Junior Kindergarten who require glasses can receive a free pair through the Eye See Eye Learn program

Find an optometrist in your region!

Making sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date prior to starting school is one way of protecting your child from getting sick. Booking a full physical check up for your child with their healthcare provider is the best way of ensuring they are growing well and up-to-date with their immunizations.

Did you know? You need to update the Halton Region Health Department every time your child gets an immunization from their healthcare provider as your healthcare provider’s office does not report these records for you.

Report your child’s immunization online

Getting enough sleep, eating well and staying active (link to RSG pages: Making family life easier and play) support children’s growth and development and help to keep them healthy. But there are other everyday things parents can do:

  • Be a good role model for your child.
  • Teach and encourage your child to wash their hands before eating, after using the washroom and when they become dirty or sticky.
  • Show and remind your child to sneeze into their elbow or sleeve – this reduces the spread of infection.
  • Plan ahead by making arrangements to deal with your child’s sick days.
  • Be informed and review the links below.

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