Running a childcare centre comes with a unique challenge. Toddlers and preschool kids require tons of care and immediate attention. You need to support their early development while keeping them safe and healthy in your care. But let’s get real; children aren’t the easiest to deal with when it comes to cleanliness. They constantly touch things and put them in their mouths (they’re curious, after all!). They don’t mind playing with mud, rocks and other objects that can be full of germs & bacteria.
As such, daycare cleaning is a must. It’s a foolproof way to ensure the little ones stay safe and healthy as they learn new things every day. Here are some tips to help you:
Vacuum floors and toys regularly.
Incorporate vacuuming into your staff’s daily cleaning routine. Ask your cleaning team to focus on the floors, carpets, toys, furniture and common areas. Regular vacuuming helps remove dirt & dust that may irritate young learners. Apart from vacuuming daily, schedule a deep cleaning monthly or quarterly. That way, you can eliminate debris & dust that have built up in nooks and crannies.
Ensure there are wet wipes in every room.
It’s typical for children to spill their drink, food or painting materials during art class. So be sure to have wet wipes in every room of your childcare centre. That way, your teachers and staff can attend to the mess quickly and wipe the learners’ hands. Plus, cleaning up the mess right away can lower the risk of slips, falls and other related accidents & keep stains from penetrating deeper into your carpets or flooring.
Keep certain areas a priority.
Cleaning every day is key to keeping your childcare centre a healthy environment. But, of course, there will be days when you’re short on cleaning staff or too busy to stick with your daily cleaning routines. But no matter what happens, prioritise these areas when cleaning:
- Food areas: Children eat messily. Don’t just wipe surfaces, like tables or high-chair trays—you must also disinfect them every after use to prevent bacteria from spreading. Ensure the floors are free of food debris, too.
- Play areas & activity rooms: From the door handles to the carpeted floors & walls, play areas are vulnerable to germs. Keep them clean 24/7 to ensure kids can enjoy their time in these areas without picking up germs or viruses.
- Diaper change areas: Daily disinfection is mandatory in these areas because bodily fluids can spread different kinds of viruses.
- Bathrooms: It goes without saying that bathrooms can harbour germs and bacteria. Your cleaning staff should ensure toilets, faucets, sinks, countertops and bathroom floors are cleaned & disinfected daily.
Promote frequent handwashing habits.
It can be hard to stop children from touching things and surfaces, but you can teach them to wash their hands frequently. Doing so can help prevent the spread of germs and diseases. Use handwashing songs and fun activities to instil the value of washing hands before & after eating and playing and after using the bathroom.
Repair and restore areas as soon as possible.
Broken chairs, uneven floors and ripped carpets can pose safety hazards to your little learners. So when you see furniture or areas that are up for repairs, call the help of a commercial building repair company that specialises in childcare centres. That firm will help fix reparable areas and restore or replace floors and fixtures efficiently. You can get your business back up and running in no time!
Teaching & caring for little ones is a huge responsibility. As you come up with fun and exciting programs to help them learn new things every day, don’t forget to keep their environment clean, healthy and safe. They need such an environment to thrive.