Hygiene - Policy and Practice

To prevent the spread of all infection, adults in the group will ensure that the following good practices are observed:

Personal Hygiene

·                     Hands are washed after using the toilet.

·                     Children with any visible signs of headlice infestation will be asked to not attend sessions until satisfactory treatment has been carried out.

·                     Children with pierced ears are not allowed to try on or share each other's earrings.

·                     A box of tissues is available and children are encouraged to blow and wipe their noses when necessary. Soiled tissues are disposed of hygienically.

·                     Children are encouraged to shield their mouths when coughing.

·                     Hot air dryers or individual towels/paper towels are available and are disposed of appropriately after use.

·                     Hygiene rules related to bodily fluids are followed with particular care and all staff and volunteers are aware of how infections, including HIV infection, can be transmitted.

Cleaning and Clearing

·                     Any spills of blood, vomit or excrement are wiped up and flushed away down the toilet. Rubber gloves must always be used when cleaning up spills of body fluids. Floor and other affected surfaces to be disinfected. Fabrics contaminated with body fluids to be thoroughly washed in hot water.

·                     Spare laundered pants, and other clothing, available in case of accidents.

·                     Polythene bags to be available to wrap soiled garments.

·                     All surfaces cleaned daily with an appropriate cleaner.


The Pre-school/ Club will observe current legislation regarding food hygiene, registration and training. In particular each adult will:

·                       Always wash their hands under running water before handling food and after using the toilet.

·                       Not be involved with the preparation of food if suffering from any infectious/contagious illness or skin trouble.

·                       At least one adult preparing food will hold a current Basic Food Hygiene certificate.

·                       Never smoke in the kitchen, room storing food or on the school site.

·                       Never cough or sneeze over food.

·                       Use different cleaning cloths for kitchen and toilet areas.

·                       Prepare raw and cooked food in separate areas.

·                       Keep food covered and either refrigerated or piping hot.

·                       Ensure waste is disposed of properly and kept out of reach of the children.

·                       Two or more reported cases of food poisoning must be reported to OFSTED within 14 days

·                       OFSTED, Piccadilly gate, Store Street, Manchester, MI 2WD 0300 123 1231


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