WHEN TO WASH HANDS

Health and Hygiene is an important aspect to our centre's operations.

Our policy states that we wash our hands when:

-Arriving at the centre and departing the centre . (This helps to reduce infection from and to home).

-Before eating.

-After changing a nappy .

-After using the toilet.

-After playing outside.

-When wiping a nose.

HOW TO WASH OUR HANDS?

We teach the children the following procedure when washing their hands:

- Push your sleeves up.

-Turn the tap on with the back of your hand (Preschool taps).

-Wet your hands.

-Push the soap button and rub hands together counting to 10 whilst you rub. Alternatively you can sing the song- " Wash your dirty hands".

-Rinse the soap off whilst counting to 10.

-Turn the tap off using the back of your hands.

-Dry your hands under the dryers until dry.

 
  Spread of infection through coughing and sneezing


To control the spread of germs, children and staff should be encouraged to either:


a)Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they sneeze or cough, then dispose of the used tissue appropriately.  Wash their hands with soap and water, and dry thoroughly; or


b)Cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, or elbow, not into their hands. Then wash their hands with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.


c)Bring individual cupcakes when celebrating children’s birthdays.


d)Play dough has a high salt content, which discourages germs from living and multiplying. The following simple steps will reduce the risk of spread of disease when using play dough:

Hand washing before and after using play dough;

Store the play dough in a sealed container in the refrigerator between uses;

Make a new batch of play dough each week;

If there is an outbreak of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, discard play dough at the end of the day and make a new batch each day during the outbreak.


e)Follow hand-washing procedures after wiping noses and assisting children who may be coughing.


f)         Educate the children through hygiene programmes on ways to reduce the spread of disease and infection.  You Tube have some great clips on :How Germs are Spread.

 
       Management of children’s food allergies


POLICY ON HANDLING AND CONSUMPTION OF FOODS AND ITEMS WHICH MAY POTENTIALLY CAUSE AN ALLERGIC REACTION IN A CHILD OR ADULT


STATEMENT:




To eliminate or reduce the risk of an allergic reaction occurring.


PROCEDURES:


Upon enrolment parents will be required to complete allergy section on the enrolment forms.


Educators will assess the enrolment forms and identify children with allergies.  Upon identification educators will place a list of children’s allergies in the kitchen, educator’s room and on notice boards in both rooms.  Confidentiality will be maintained.


Parents who specify an allergy are to be given a separate form, which will detail the characteristics of the allergy and procedures to inhibit the allergy.


Where applicable parents will be asked to provide written reports from a medical practitioner outlining medical procedures to be followed in the event of a reaction occurring.


STRATEGIES TO DEAL WITH FOOD MANAGEMENT:


All children are notified that we do not share food at preschool.


In the case of severe allergies all parents will be requested not to send that item or bi-products unless they notify educators.


If a product does come that a child is severely allergic to then that child’s morning tea or lunch box is to be placed in area inaccessible to children.


To manage the child and the allergy the child will be positioned next to children who have safe food.


Educators will supervise children during periods of eating.

 

HEALTH & HYGIENE