Use this checklist to implement and regularly review the hygiene plan for your childcare facility.
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Nurseries are functioning in such a way that all the newest government regulations in terms of Covid-19 can easily be included. The practices which were created to reduce risk and keep everyone safe in these circumstances have proved highly effective, and have formed the foundation for the protocols at all nurseries as they begin to reopen.
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.
Parents should be asked to maintain a safe distance between other parents during drop-off and pick-up times. Also, signs with instructions should be put everywhere to maintain this practice.
Kids should have cared for consistent groups of children and staff. The areas should be arranged in such a way that could encourage children to use the whole space of the room rather than just certain spots where they would group together. Outdoor play should be limited to one group at a time.
Each nursery should have a member of the team responsible for regularly cleaning and disinfecting objects that are touched by children and staff members. These include high-risk contact areas such as door handles, toys, phones, keyboards, light switches, taps, toilet flushes, sinks, countertops, handrails, and banisters, shared PCs, etc. Children should be supported to ensure they wash their hands properly.
If children or staff develop any symptoms such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature of 37.8°C, immediate action should be taken. Workers must return home immediately, self-isolate, and do a test. For children, they should provide a special Isolation room where they will be taken and cared for by a member of staff who is known to them until a parent can come and collect them.
Nobody on staff that has COVID-19 symptoms should be allowed to enter the nursery. Moreover, parents should prove that their children are healthy as well. Non-essential visitors are not to be permitted at the nursery.
Every hygiene plan for daycare centers 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 centers 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 action plan for dealing with confirmed COVID-19 cases must be in place. The hygiene plan should always be kept up to date.
Creating a hygiene plan for crèches and daycare centers 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.