EYFS: 3.44, 3.45, 3.46

At Lemongrove Nursery we promote the good health of all children attending, through maintaining high hygiene standards and reducing the chances of infection being spread. We follow the Health Protection in schools and other childcare facilities guidance which sets out when and how long children need to be excluded from settings, when treatment/medication is required and where to get further advice from.

We recognise that viruses and infections can be easily passed from person to person by breathing in air containing the virus, which is produced when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes. It can also spread through hand/face contact after touching a person or surface contaminated with viruses, for example toys and bedding.

By following the steps below we aim to prevent a virus or infection from moving around the nursery.

For the staff:

  • Encourage all children to use tissues when coughing and sneezing to catch germs
  • Ensure all tissues are disposed of in a hygienic way and all children and staff wash their hands once the tissue is disposed of
  • By having a consistent approach from all staff develop children’s understanding of the above and the need for good hygiene procedures in helping them to stay healthy
  • Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when changing nappies, toileting children and dealing with any other bodily fluids.
  • Staff are requested to dispose of these in the appropriate manner and wash hands immediately afterwards.
  • Clean and sterilise all potties and changing mats before and after each use
  • To check the toilets throughout the day, and to record this on the daily chart located in the children’s’ toilet area.
  • Remind children to wash their hands before eating, after visiting the toilet, playing outside or being in contact with any animal and explain the reasons for this
  • Clean all toys, equipment and resources on a regular basis by following a comprehensive cleaning rota and using antibacterial cleanser or through washing in the washing machine.
  • The Room Leader is responsible for maintaining a cleaning rota and to delegate tasks equally amongst the staff team. To keep appropriate written records of cleaning and to make these available to the Childcare Manager on a regular basis.
  • Wash or clean all equipment used by babies and toddlers as and when needed, including when the children have placed it in their mouth
  • Store dummies in individual hygienic dummy boxes labelled with the child’s name to prevent cross-contamination with other children
  • Immediately clean and sterilise (where necessary) any dummy or bottle that falls on the floor or is picked up by another child
  • Provide labelled individual bottles, training cups and dummies for children, so that is not used by any other child.
  • To wash all bedding and face cloths every day, at a temperature of not less than 60 o/c.
  • Ask parents and visitors to remove all outdoor footwear or use shoe covers when entering the baby room where children may be crawling or sitting on the floor
  • Follow the sickness and illness policy when children are ill to prevent the spread of any infection in the nursery. This policy also includes the staff team, whom are also requested to stay at home if they are contagious.

In addition:

  • The Childcare Manager or Deputy Manager retains the right of refusal of any children, parents, staff and visitors who are deemed contagious and may impact on the welfare of the rest of the nursery
  • Parents will be made aware of the need for these procedures at admission and then on going, for them to follow these guidelines whilst in the nursery
  • Periodically each room in the nursery will be deep cleaned including carpets and soft furnishings to ensure the spread of infection is limited. The Childcare Manager and Business Manager will liaise to ensure the high standards of hygiene are maintained.
  • The nursery will ensure stocks of tissues, hand washing equipment, cleaning materials and sterilising fluid are always maintained 
  • The nursery will display posters around the building relating to good hygiene practices, seasonal health issues, e.g. Flu, and guidelines on childhood illnesses.
This policy was adopted onSigned on behalf of the nurseryDate for review
21st August 2019

Issued August 2019, to be reviewed annually