Minimising the spread of germs and keeping children healthy whilst in childcare and kindergarten is challenging at times. Especially in the winter months when cold and flu viruses rear their ugly heads!
In order to meet the ‘Quality Area 2’ National Quality Standard – to safeguard and promote children’s health and safety, minimise risks and protect children from harm, injury and infection – a lot goes on in childcare behind the scenes to ensure all the children are safe and sound.
Here are some of the things we do at Jumbo to ensure your little one is healthy and safe:
Hand washing policy and procedure
Over time and as they grow the children are taught how to wash and dry their hands independently. With supervision, the children wash and dry their hands before all meals and snacks and following toileting.
Also taught overtime, the children have access to their own self-hygiene station, which includes a mirror, tissues, wet wipes and sunscreen. Seeing their reflection in the mirror helps the children to learn to wipe any runny noses and clean messy faces and to also apply their own sunscreen independently.
Nappy changing procedure
All educators are trained in and follow the service’s nappy change procedure. From start to finish there are many steps! All nappy changes, timetabled and spontaneous, are recorded to ensure bubs and toddlers’ bottoms are kept clean and comfortable. This also helps to monitor that the little ones are well hydrated and their body is functioning well.
A nutritious daily menu
Good nutrition during the first few years of a child’s life is vital for their growth and developmental. At Jumbo we cater to these needs with healthy balanced meals that cover all the essential food groups including vegetables and legumes/beans, fruit, grains, lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs, milk yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives and fats.
At Jumbo we value the social benefits of meal times and educators sit down with the children to engage in conversations with them. Building a healthy relationship with food is also a focus for us.
Toy washing procedure
All toys are regularly washed and disinfected to minimise the spread of germs. Especially in the baby and toddlers rooms as the young ones love to pop everything in their mouths!
A swipe card security system
For additional safety, each family has their own swipe card registered to them, ensuring that entry to Jumbo is tracked and limited to our families. All members of staff and casual visitors that come through Jumbo’s doors, are required to present a Working With Children Check.
Colour cleaning system
All our brooms, mops, buckets, cloths, dustpans and brushes are colour coded to ensures no cross contamination between areas. Put simply, green is for kitchen, red is for bathrooms and blue is for the children’s play spaces.
Feel as though everything is purposely designed and built for small people when you first step into an education and care service? It most certainly is! Think power points up high out of children’s reach, age/size appropriate furniture, smooth and rounded edges, blind/curtain cords out of children’s reach, good quality and safe resources, stable furniture that won’t topple over, child friendly cleaning chemicals out of reach, slip proof floor surfaces, soft-fall areas under play equipment, clear visual eye lines throughout facility design to supervise the children at all times, specially designed nappy change and bottle preparation facilities and the list goes on and on.
Relationships, experiences and environment
To support children’s learning, it is essential that educators attend to children’s wellbeing by providing warm, trusting relationships, predictable yet progressive routines and safe environments, affirmation and respect for all aspects of their physical, emotional, social, cognitive, linguistic, creative and spiritual being.
Individualised care plans
Personalised plans describe the child’s needs and the strategies the education and care facility need to implement to best meet those needs. Many reasons shape a child’s individual care plan including asthma, anaphylaxis, food allergies and intolerances.
The care plan outlines how a child will be accommodated each day at the facility and may also identify short and long term goals. It may include a list of medical, safety, and emergency considerations.
In summary all children have the right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their physical and psychological safety and wellbeing, all the while providing support for each child’s growing competence, confidence and independence.
A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with confidence and optimism, which will lay the foundation and maximise their learning potential well into the school years.