Well-being in the Kindergarten Eating Environment and the Role of Early Childhood Educators
In Ontario, kindergarten children have
recently begun to eat lunch at school with the
implementation of the full-day kindergarten
program. To date, there are no regulations to
address the particular needs of young children
in the school eating environment. Drawing on
a year-long three-phase study that followed a
cohort of 21 children as they transitioned from
full-day childcare to full-day kindergarten,
this study explores the impact of staff training
and staff relationships on the well-being of
kindergarten students. Findings suggest that the
presence of an early childhood educator (ECE),
a minimum staffing of two adults per room, and
a collaborative approach between teacher and
ECE have a positive impact on child well-being.
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