2015 Kindergarten Parent Survey

In 2015, Our Kids Network surveyed parents of kindergarten students across Halton Region about the health, well-being and experiences of children and families living in Halton. Our Kids Network is a Halton-wide partnership of organizations serving children and youth. A total of 2,257 parents completed the survey.

Key Findings

  • 30% of Halton kindergarten students ate fruits or vegetables five or more times per day, as recommended.
  • 1 in 3 Halton kindergarten students got at least the recommended one hour of physical activity every day in the past week.
  • 34% of Halton kindergarten students were injured seriously enough in the past 12 months to require medical attention.
  • 25% of Halton kindergarten students got the flu shot in the 2014/15 flu season.
  • 46% of Halton kindergarten students’ parents completed an NDDS for their child, 31% did not, and 23% weren’t sure.

Health Inequities

The health, well-being and experiences of Halton kindergarten students are shaped by their families' social and economic circumstances.

Compared to females, male kindergarten students were:

  • more likely to be overweight or obese; and
  • more likely to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

Compared to kindergarten students from Milton, kindergarten students from Burlington, Oakville and Halton Hills were:

  • more likely to eat fruits and vegetables five or more times per day.

Kindergarten students from families with a high household income were:

  • more likely to eat fruits and vegetables five or more times per day; and
  • more likely to have their parents complete the NDDS for them.

Kindergarten students whose parents were post-secondary graduates were:

  • less likely to be overweight or obese; and
  • more likely to have their parents complete the NDDS for them.

Kindergarten students whose parents have lived in Canada for more than ten years were:

  • more likely to eat fruits and vegetables five or more times per day; and
  • more likely to have their parents complete the NDDS for them.