Childcare Hand Washing Policy
17 May 2020 - Flaaim
- Good handwashing and drying procedures help to protect both staff and children from infections, germs, wound contamination and help to preserve general hand and nail health.
- This policy is designed to facilitate a good handwashing routine in the [insert the name of the company/nursery].
- A handwashing policy needs to be in place to prevent the hands from becoming a medium for cross-infection.
- Management is responsible for making sure that handwashing training is delivered to staff and a record of it is kept.
- It is [insert the name of the company/nursery]’s responsibility to ensure that all children are encouraged to wash their hands as required by this policy.
- All visitors to the premises (for example: cooks, workmen and delivery personnel) should also comply with this handwashing policy.
- Liquid soap and running warm water provide effective disinfection if done in accordance with this handwashing policy. The [insert the name of the company/nursery] provides liquid soap and [disposable paper towels/electric dryers/hygienic and sterile cloth towels] by each sink for both staff and children.
- [Alcohol based hands rub is offered as an effective alternative to running water and soap for staff and children. The hand rub dispenser is located [e.g.by each sink/by entrance to each room].]
- [Anti microbial agents are made available to staff when they deal with an open wound or a child with a special health condition. This anti microbial material is located [e.g.by each sink/by entrance to each room].] [However, it is the policy of [insert the name of the company/nursery] that staff should always wear disposable rubber gloves in such situations.]]
- All skin wounds need to be covered with a waterproof plaster.
- Any skin irritation needs to be reported to [inser name and details].
- [Staff are provided with a [hypoallergenic] non-perfumed cream to apply after handwashing.]
Staff handwashing responsibilities
- All carers are obliged to keep their hands washed and clean throughout their shift.
- Staff are obliged to encourage each other and the children to maintain the handwashing policy at all times.
- Staff are responsible for washing their hands particularly:
- before and after changing a nappy. [However, it is the policy of [insert the name of the company/nursery] that all staff should always wear disposable rubber gloves for nappy changing.];
- after cleaning a child’s nose;
- before and after handling food;
- after using the toilet;
- after using cleaning sprays and other cleaning materials ( e.g. liquids, sponges or cloths);
- before and after dealing with an open wound. [However, it is the policy of [insert the name of the company/nursery] that staff should always wear disposable rubber gloves in such situations.];
- before and after applying a plaster;
- after dealing with spills of bodily fluids [However, it is the policy of [insert the name of the company/nursery] that staff should always wear disposable rubber gloves in such situations.];
- after caring for a sick child;
- after handling soiled clothing or linen;
- after dealing with waste.
Staff duty to encourage children to wash hands
- It is important that good handwashing habits are incorporated into the daily routine of [insert the name of the company/nursery] and the care provided. Therefore, all children should be encouraged to wash their hands:
- after every toilet session;
- before eating;
- after contact with pets.
- Staff have a duty to oversee the children’s handwashing and to make sure that correct handwashing procedure is followed by the children at all times.
Hand washing guidelines
- In order to wash hands effectively the following steps need to be fulfilled :
- first wet your hands with warm running water;
- apply a small amount of liquid soap;
- wash hands for 15-30seconds;
- rinse hands of any soap;
- hands need to be effectively dried by [disposable towel/dryer];
- never use extremely hot or cold water;
- never use and share nail brushes.
- The staff have a duty to ensure that the children wash their hands after any outdoor activity.
- If the staff are taking children for a walk, field trip or outdoor activity that is not taking place in the nursery’s compound, the staff are obliged to carry a sufficient amount of alcohol based hand rub and should ensure the staff and children use it when necessary.
- Staff should ensure that the children use the alcohol based hand rub while outdoors:
- After contact with pets and other animals;
- After any play involving contact with soil, sand, plants, etc;
- Before eating a snack.