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Toddlers/Preschool - Physician Information

NutriSTEP® Nutrition Screening Tool:

Parents of children ages 18 months to 5 years can complete the screening tool online (external link). Request a hard copy by calling  Halton Region at 905-825-6000, dial 311 or by making an request for the tool for preschoolers or toddlers.

Pregnancy and parenting support for patients (HaltonParents)


    Halton Region can support physicians for improved child development

    Child Development Screening Clinics

    Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC)

    NutriSTEP® Referral Map

    Recommendations for Physical Activity from birth - 4 years of age

    Age Recommendations for Physical Activity Recommendations for Inactive Behaviour
    (birth - 1 year)
    • Several times daily, especially through interactive floor-based play.
    • Being active as an infant means: 
      • tummy time
      • reaching for or grasping balls or other toys
      • playing or rolling on the floor
      • crawling around the home
    • In general, limit time spent being inactive while awake.
      • No more than 1 hour at a time, this includes prolonged sitting or being restrained (e.g., stroller, high chair, car seat).
    • Screen time is not recommended.
      (e.g., TV, computer, electronic games)
    (1-2 years)

    (3-4 yrs)

    • Accumulate at least 3 hours at any intensity spread throughout the day, including:
      • A variety of activities in different environments
      • Activities that develop movement skills
      • Progression toward at least 60 minutes of energetic play by 5 years of age
    • Being active as a toddler or preschooler means:
      • Any activity that gets kids moving
      • Climbing stairs and moving around the home
      • Playing outside and exploring the environment
      • Crawling, brisk walking, running or dancing
    • The older children get, the more energetic play they need such as:
      • hopping
      • jumping
      • skipping
      • bike riding
    • No more than 1 hour at a time while awake.
    • For  children under 2 years, screen time is not recommended
      (e.g., TV, computer, electronic games)
    • For children 2-4 years, screen time should be limited to under 1 hour/day; less is better



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