So this week, I turn to YOU for teacher tips! How do you reduce the spread of cold and flu germs in your child care center/school/classroom?
There is no fool-proof answer, but here are some of the things I've seen:
- Bleach water solution, when MADE and USED properly, can be sprayed on eating areas, toys, door knobs, etc.
- In infant programs, have a laundry basket placed out of reach of the children. As children put things in their mouths, as soon as they are done, put them in the basket to be sanitized before another baby picks it up.
- Have a mid-day sanitation schedule. Rather than waiting until the end of the day, assign someone to clean and sanitize toilet seats, toilet handles, door knobs, telephone receivers, and other areas.
- Refer to, post, and follow NAEYC's cleaning and sanitation frequency chart.
- Do you serve food family style? Make sure that there is a teacher supervising until children learn not to dip their own spoon into the community bowls! I used to purchase serving utensils that were glaringly different (ex: red, or some other bright color) than the typical utensils to help children remember.
- Teach children (and some adults) to sneeze and cough into their elbows, not their hands!
- Of course, teach proper hand-washing procedures to children and adults.
So, what are your tips for reducing germs in the child care / early childhood environment?
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