Tips On Keeping A Healthy Environment At Your In Home Daycare –
If you provide home based daycare services, you know how important it is to keep children in a sanitary environment. Between well loved toys, dirty bedding and crumb infested eating services, daycare facilities and home based daycare centers can be a breeding ground for all sorts of germs and diseases. This is because children love touching everything they can see from books to toys, crayons, food and utensils. But, by taking a few precautions you can help to ensure that you provide children with a clean and safe environment.
Implement Strict Hygiene Procedures
One of the most effective things you can do is to implement hygiene procedures. Meaning, you should establish various strategies to reduce the risk of infection in your facility which should be targeted at children and other adults such as staff members and parents. Some of the strategies you can begin implementing now, include:
- Continuously reinforce basic guidelines of good hygiene practices such as to cover their mouths when coughing, washing hands frequently, use mini hand sanitizers, convince them that they should not share drinks and food and to use tissues when they have a cold or if they are displaying symptoms.
- Require that staff members and parents all wash their hands regularly, especially when they do certain activities such as to physically handle children, change diapers or touch surfaces that children come into contact with.
- Strictly follow hygiene standards for toileting, changing diapers and for cleaning children such as to wipe their nose or face with a napkin.
- Implement strict hygiene practices in areas like the kitchen, bathroom, play areas and rest areas.
Limit The Spread Of Infection
Here are several simple things to do, when it comes to limiting the spread of infection.
a) Proper Food Preparation
Ensure that food storage containers are always clean and that foods such as breast milk is refrigerated. Cracked, porous and damaged surfaces act like a safe haven where microbes can accumulate. Ensure that tables and counters are nonporous and in excellent condition. In addition to that, tell children that they should not share utensils, drinks or foods. Food preparation should also be done far away from diaper changing sections of your home.
b) Caregiver Training
If your facility consists of several staff members, ensure that they have been adequately trained in good hygiene practices for reducing the spread of infectious germs and microbes. Experts highlight the fact that staff members within an establishment can prove to be a great asset when it comes to infection prevention, if they understand how diseases are able to spread from one person to the next.
c) Modern Diapering Stations
Another thing you can do is to get a handsfree diapering station. A foot activated trash can can prove to be especially useful when it comes to reducing the transfer of infectious germs. Caregivers should also use disposable latex gloves in the diapering area to reduce infections which can cause intestinal and stomach diseases such as diarrhea.
d) Automatic Faucets
Everyone knows that washing your hands is important when it comes to being germ free. But, studies suggest that faucet handles are one of the most germ infested areas in a daycare facility. Therefore, consider the possibility of using an automatic hands-free faucet.
e) Provide Educational Material To Parents
When it’s all said and done, all the prevention techniques in the world will not keep your environment from being 100% germ free at the end of the day if children do not follow through at home. Therefore, it’s recommended that daycare facility owners develop pamphlets and other educational material that parents can read and help to reinforce good hygiene practices when children are at home, such as to provide them with mini hand sanitizers. This can help to minimize the chance that children will introduce infectious diseases and germs into the daycare facility. Therefore, owners need to encourage parents to follow the…