It is common sense to follow good basic hygiene whilst at the centre and minimise the spread of viruses and other common illnesses.
We ask all members to follow basic hygiene and encourage their children to practise the same:
- Wash your hands and the children’s hands with soap (including back of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails) and rinse before eating any food and after using the toilet.
- Encourage older children to wipe their own noses and to dispose the tissue in the bin and then wash their hands.
- Use tissues rather than handkerchiefs.
- Regularly wash toys: babies and toddlers love putting various objects into their mouths as they learn to explore their environment.
What to do if you child has an accident
Accidents happen especially when you go through the stage of toilet training your child. When cleaning up urine, faeces or vomit please do the following:
- Wear protective gloves.
- Saturate paper towel in diluted disinfectant such as White King or Domestos (1/3 cup of disinfectant to 2/3 cups of water).
- A “spill kit” can be found in the large kitchen cupboard (where the vacuums are kept).
- Cover the spill with the paper towel, leave for 10 minutes then transfer into a plastic bag. Repeat procedure.
- Wash area with hot water and detergent.
- Discard gloves into plastic bag, tie up and dispose of in the large bins outside the centre.
- Gloves are not a total barrier against germs, so hands still need to be washed carefully.
Influenza and swine flu (H1N1)
Most viruses such as influenza spread by inhaling respiratory droplets from a cough or a sneeze of someone infected. It can also be transferred by touching respiratory droplets that land on a surface and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose. If you, the carer or your child have flu-like symptoms, you should not come to playgroup and seek medical advice.