About CHEERS

Creating Healthy Eating & active Environments Survey

The CHEERS tool is available for child care centres in Alberta. You receive a personalized report based on your responses.

What Is CHEERS for Child Care?

The development of this tool began in 2009 and is used to assess the nutrition and physical activity environments in a child care setting. It is a tool used by child care centre leaders across Alberta to assess and create the best possible healthy eating and activity environments for kids.

Please fill out the form below to take the CHEERS assessment, and once complete, you will be e-mailed a link to the survey within 1 business day.

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What Do I Get Out of Completing the CHEERS Centre-Assessment Tool?

When you have completed the CHEERS centre- assessment tool, you will be provided with a personalized report that gives you one area where your centre is doing well (What is Going Well) and one opportunity for change (What to Work On) for each of the four areas: foods served; healthy eating environment; healthy eating program planning; and physically active environment.

This report provides evidence-based best practice recommendations, information on the relationship between the recommendation and child health, resources for more information, and the connection to the Alberta Childcare Accreditation Standards.

The centre-assessment tool is a fast and easy way to screen the eating and activity environment in your child care centre.

Why is a CHEERS Centre-Assessment Important?

Eating habits developed in early childhood profoundly influence dietary preferences and behaviours that span a lifetime. Parental influences in this critical period are significant, however, the growing number of children in child care settings point to other key care providers playing powerful roles in eating habits, physical activity habits and weight of young Canadians.

The CHEERS for child care tool is specifically developed for the Canadian population to provide child care programs with the ability to identify possible gaps in knowledge or practice and to facilitate the ability of these programs to strengthen positive eating and activity environments.

What is the role of the early childhood educator in healthy eating?

It is important to serve healthy food while young children are developing eating habits for a lifetime. Watch this video to see what else is included in nutrition that supports children's health.

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Four areas that the tool assesses

Foods Served
Healthy Eating Environment
Healthy Eating Program Planning
Physically Active Environment

Curious About How You Can Get Involved?

We offer a certificate to complete our 12-week well-being professional development course. Educators will also have opportunities to connect and share their experiences virtually with other educators across Alberta.