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
Is the facility clean? Are toys and other clutter
kept off the floor? Are wastebaskets placed throughout the
Are there written policies for cleanliness of staff
members? For handling of environmental waste (such as vomit, blood, or
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?
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
How frequently are toys
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
How often are floors/carpets cleaned?
there seem to be enough space for the number of children?
good ventilation? How often are rooms opened to allow fresh air to enter?
Notice whether there are any stale or foul odors.
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