Work with checklists to implement and regularly review the hygiene plan for your childcare facility.
Use this checklist to check if your childcare facility meets all the preventive measures for opening in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.Download template
After the nationwide closure of schools as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, child flu and daycare centres have responded by temporarily closing their facilities. This closure was a challenge not only for the companies but also for the parents who now had to look after their children at home. As part of the worldwide relaxation of corona protection measures, childcare facilities should also be able to reopen under strict hygiene regulations. An important relief for parents and, to the delight of children and educators alike, for the children.
To implement all safety precautions is a complex and time-consuming task. A hygiene plan helps to adapt the internal procedures to the regulations on infection hygiene. The purpose of the hygiene plan is to minimize the risk of infection in the facilities concerned. When drawing up the plan, the following steps should be followed:
Checklists for the individual steps of the hygiene plan and the monitoring of the measures support management and staff in the full implementation, and facilitate daily work under stricter regulations on hygiene and occupational health and safety.
The ministries of the federal states have made arrangements for emergency care and the transition to normal operation. The daycare facilities must implement these. In addition, the facilities must comply with the regulations for infection control of the responsible health authorities, agencies and ministries. A great deal of responsibility, which every facility operator bears for the safety and health of its employees and the children in its care.
The following tips are intended to help you deal with the risks posed by the COVID-19 pathogen and to define sensible measures against its spread in your hygiene plan.
Everyone can be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus. Some of them show visible symptoms, and others react asymptomatically. Therefore, the best way to be sure is to test the employees before reopening. If the test turns out "positive", the employee should not return to his workplace and should be quarantined until he is virus-free.
Employees and parents should be asked about symptoms beforehand to be able to monitor possible exposure. It is advisable to disclose such information to everyone when an infection occurs to prevent it from spreading. On arrival at the facility, employees and children can be examined for symptoms, and a temperature check can be carried out.
Educators should encourage themselves and their children to maintain regular hand hygiene, especially handwashing with soap for at least 20 seconds. It works best if the "Happy Birthday" song is hummed twice with the children while washing their hands. Each child should have a towel or sufficient paper towels. It will be more difficult, especially for very young children, to teach them to keep their hands away from their face.
The number of children in a room can be limited, to avoid close contact. If space permits, more small groups should be formed than before the coronavirus outbreak. Besides, children who do not play together should keep their distance from each other - even during sleeping and eating times. Activities should be designed so that groups do not mix while playing outdoors. Toys, belongings and equipment should not be shared for the time being.
Every hygiene plan for daycare centres and nurseries should have a detailed cleaning and disinfection plan. The intervals for cleaning and disinfection can be increased, especially in areas with high contact density. In addition, cleaning practices should be intensified.
All surfaces, equipment and consumables should be cleaned daily with cleaning agents. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, handrails, light switches, toilet flush handles and more should be additionally disinfected. It is also important to check the condition of the ventilation systems and water supply to prevent diseases caused by the legionella bacteria.
It is all very well to create a hygiene concept for daycare centres and nurseries. Such a plan is of little use if the implementation of the measures is not monitored. It is therefore advisable to carry out regular inspections and to discuss the measures with the employees. In this way, problems can be detected early on. Also, an emergency plan for dealing with confirmed COVID-19 cases must be in place. The hygiene plan should always be kept up to date.
To create a hygiene plan for crèches and daycare centres is a challenge, but urgently needed in times of a pandemic. Checklists help to implement the safety and hygiene measures quickly and correctly. Paper lists can be an obstacle in this case because information can be lost and the exchange between responsible persons becomes more difficult.
In such a situation, where a quick reaction is required, a digital solution is the choice of the hour. With Lumiform's mobile app, all inspections and audits can easily be performed from any location using a smartphone or tablet - online or offline. All data is immediately available to the entire team. In this way, problems are immediately detected and corrected, which significantly increases security. Data is saved immediately and is no longer lost.
Additional advantages of digital checklists for the hygiene concept in crèches and day-care centres:
So that those responsible for childcare facilities can get started immediately, we have put together some checklists with which the new requirements can be implemented step by step and checked again and again. All templates can be easily adapted to internal company requirements and regional guidelines of state authorities.