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sanitary procedure & disease control policy

(excerpted from the employee handbook)

The risk of spreading serious illness in a child care center is tremendous. It is our responsibility to control and reduce that risk as much as possible. The following procedures were developed for that purpose.

  1. Always wash your hands after assisting each child with pottying or diapering changes. DO NOT CHANGE OR POTTY SEVERAL CHILDREN AND THEN WASH. This will spread bacteria from one child to the other and to you. There is a proper hand washing procedure posted above all sinks. The proper diapering procedure is posted in the infant room.
  2. Always sanitize diaper changing areas after each use even if the diaper was only wet. Afterwards, lie or sit the child down and immediately sanitize the area thoroughly. Use a clean disposable towel to sanitize the area. DO NOT USE THE CHANGING TABLE FOR A FOOD TABLE OR WORK TABLE. Dispose of diapers in the closed container provided at the changing table. Never change a child in a crib!!!
  3. Always wash children’s hands after they have used the bathroom. The little ones can do this with a clean, wet wash cloth or wet paper towel. The older children can use the sink. This is not only a sanitary procedure, but also a learning experience for the children.
  4. Always have the children wash their hands before eating, and of course, wash your hands before handling food.
  5. Keep noses wiped and faces clean. Secretions from the nose and mouth carry a huge amount of bacteria. Always use a clean tissue for each child (not their bibs or shirts) and throw the tissue away, and WASH your hands.
  6. SANITIZE TOYS
    • Infants – Toys should be sanitized several times a day, immediately after a child plays with them and before the next child gets them. Seats, walkers, swings should be sanitized at the end of the day. Other usual sanitary procedures should be followed routinely.
    • Toddlers – Toys should be sanitized at least twice daily – once during nap time and once at the end of each day. Any toy that has been in a child’s mouth should be sanitized immediately. Toys that go outside should be sanitized regularly. If a child should soil the sheets, they should be changed immediately. Potties should be sanitized during nap time and at the end of each day. Trash should be emptied several times during the day, specifically during nap time and whenever necessary. Soiled diapers should be placed in a covered trash container.
    • Preschoolers – Follow hand washing and bathroom procedure carefully. Keep toys and equipment clean and safe by checking them regularly for loose screws, broken parts, etc. Do not allow children to share combs, brushes, clothing, food, etc. Sanitize bathrooms during nap time and at the end of each day. Make sure toilet tissue and paper towels are always available. Sanitize toys daily, more often if necessary.
  7. Be sure that children do not share pacifiers, bottles, cups, glasses, or any other eating utensils. If this happens, thoroughly wash the item and either give it to the appropriate child or put it away.
  8. There is so much we can do and we must!!!! Please keep these procedures nearby for future reference and make them a habit. You will be expected to follow them.