Handwashing policy

 

Statement of intent

 

This pre-school regards handwashing an essential part of health and safety and an important life lesson for children.

 

Aim

 

We aim to maintain a healthy and safe environment by ensuring staff and children’s hands are cleaned whenever it is appropriate.

 

Methods

·         Hand-washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection and germs. Staff and children must wash hands regularly while at playgroup.

·         Staff hands must be washed with soap and running warm water and staff must ensure that children’s faces and hands are clean. Hands must be washed even if gloves are worn.

At a minimum STAFF hands must be washed:

·         Before and after preparing or serving food or bottles.

·          Before and after eating a meal or snack.

·          Before assisting a child with eating.

·          Before and after toileting.

·          Before and after assisting a child with toileting or nappy change.

·          After checking to see if child needs a nappy change.

·          After wiping own nose or assisting a child with wiping nose.

·          After contact with body fluids (urine, faeces, vomit, spit-up, blood, sweat, etc.)

·          After coughing or sneezing.

·          After cleaning and/or using cleaning materials

·          After handling the garbage or nappy pail.

·          After contact with animals.

·          After administering medication.

At a minimum CHILD hands must be washed:

·         Before and after eating a meal or snack.

·          Before and after nappy change and toileting.

·          After contact with body fluids (urine, faeces, vomit, spit-up, blood, sweat, etc.).

·          After coughing or sneezing.

·          After blowing nose or putting hands in mouth.

·          After coming indoors from playing on the playground.

·          Before and after sand or water play.

·          Before and after messy play like painting, play dough or activities

·          After handling pets.

·          After touching contaminated objects.

 

This policy was originally adopted by Winyates Playgroup Pre-school

01/01/2018

 

 
on

(date)                                      

Julie Skipp

 
Signed on behalf of the pre-school