Health & Cleanliness

Diapering

  • At the diapering area, all the supplies needed for diapering a child (diapers, wipes, creams, etc.) are available and labeled with the child’s name. All supplies, except gloves, are provided by parent(s).
  • Disposable gloves are used for all changing of diapers.
  • The Infant Room staff follows these guidelines when diapering:
    • When a child has “dirtied” his/her clothes, they are wrapped in a plastic bag and put in a cabinet  out of the children’s reach. The clothing is given to the parent at pick up time . The infant is then dressed in his/her extra change of clothes.
    • Infants are changed as necessary; in addition, all infants are checked every two hours as well as after eating, before and after naps, and before they depart for the day.
    • All information pertaining to bowel movements, etc., is noted on each infant’s Daily Information Sheet.

Hand Washing

The Infant Room staff use the following guidelines in hand washing.

Adults wash:

  • Upon entering the Infant Room
  • After diapering, nose blowing and before preparing any food
  • Before holding infants 3 months or younger

Children hands are washed:

  • Wash as frequently as possible, since they spend much time on the floor
  • Before and after giving medications
  • Before and after meals
  • After diapering; wipes may also be used at diaper changing
  • After playing outside
  • Before playing in water table
  • Before leaving

Toy Sterlization

  • Toys in the Infant Room are sterilized daily and throughout the day as children use them.
  • At the end of each day all the toys are washed, rinsed in a solution of Quat sanitizer and allowed to air dry.
  • All the equipment that cannot be washed is sprayed or wiped with Quat sanitizer and allowed to air dry.
  • At least once a week the stuffed animals and puppets are machine washed.