Hygiene in Child Care Centres

As the number of young children attending day care and early learning centres increases, good hygiene practices are becoming more important than ever. With so many children gathered in close proximity, care facilities can become a breeding ground for germs if strict hygiene standards are not maintained.

If you own or manage a day care or early learning centre, you would be well aware of the government guidelines and regulations regarding hygiene, but with large numbers of children coming and going it can be difficult to keep everything spotless all of the time. This is why it is important to consider employing a professional child care cleaner for Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, so your centre is as hygienic as possible for the children in your care.

What to look for in a child care cleaning service

  • Professionalism and experience are a must, so check how long the business has been up and running, and take some time to check out customer testimonials.
  • Communication options are very important, especially when your cleaners are likely to be working in your centre after you have gone home for the day.
  • Caring for the environment is everyone’s responsibility, so ensure your cleaning service uses environmentally friendly products where possible, and keeps energy and product waste to a minimum.
What a child care cleaning service offers

  • Because each child care and early learning centre is different, professional cleaners will tailor a cleaning program that will cover your centre’s specific needs.
  • Aside from the usual mopping, dusting and vacuuming, professional cleaners have equipment such as high pressure washers to thoroughly clean playground equipment and outdoor seating. Depending on the design, some bathrooms can also benefit from pressure washing, which helps remove grime from hard to reach nooks and crannies.
  • Professional cleaners are fully trained in all safety aspects regarding their work. This means you won’t have to worry about a cleaner falling off a ladder, or accidental electrocution while cleaning light fittings or ceiling fans.
Aside from hiring professional child care cleaners and adhering to a meticulous cleaning routine throughout the day, there are two areas where personal hygiene practices can dramatically reduce the spread of germs and infection – following a good hand washing technique and understanding cough etiquette.

Hand washing

An easy way to teach children to wash and rinse their hands the correct length of time is encouraging them to count slowly to ten while washing their hands and again while rinsing. For younger children, singing Happy Birthday twice takes around the same time. Remember, babies need to have their hands washed too. As a child carer, you should wash a baby’s hands as thoroughly as you wash your own. If your centre cares for lots of babies and toddlers, following the 2013 government guidelines for changing a nappy without spreading germs may be useful.

Cough etiquette

  • Adults and children should cover their nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing.
  • If a tissue has been used to cover the nose and mouth it should be placed in the bin immediately.
  • Hands should be washed as soon as possible after sneezing or coughing.
Even if you have employed professional child care cleaners to keep your centre as sanitised as possible, and you strictly adhere to the relevant government hygiene standards, an infectious outbreak can still occur. When a child comes into contact with a contagious disease, they should stay at home for a period of time to help prevent the disease from spreading. Information on the recommended time an infected child should stay away from your centre can be found on this government website.


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