Cleanliness and Hygiene Standards for Group Child Care Facilities
When touring a child care facility, ask about and evaluate the physical environment for signs that it is clean and generally well-kept. Notice whether the staff members practice good hygiene, and ask questions to clarify policies. Consider the following issues:
- Is the facility clean? Are toys and other clutter kept off the floor? Are wastebaskets placed throughout the facility?
- Are there written policies for cleanliness of staff members? For handling of environmental waste (such as vomit, blood, or feces)?
- Where are the restrooms and
- Can even the smallest toddlers reach them?
- How often are they disinfected?
- Do you see the staff washing their own hands and helping children wash their hands?
- Are separate sinks used for hand-washing after diapering a child or using the bathroom and before preparing food?
- What are the diapering practices? Diapers should be changed in a designated area away from food preparation areas. Surfaces should be nonporous and sanitized after each diaper change. (Disposable paper pads may also be used for a changing surface and thrown away after each change.) Diaper-changing procedures should be clearly written out and posted at the changing area.
- How frequently are toys disinfected?
- What type of bedding is used for naps? Children should have their own mat, cot, and bedding and have it washed at least on a weekly basis.
- How often are floors/carpets cleaned?
- Does there seem to be enough space for the number of children?
- Is there good ventilation? How often are rooms opened to allow fresh air to enter? Notice whether there are any stale or foul odors.
- Is the facility well-lit?
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