No matter what time of the year it might be, there is always a chance that a bug or virus will come around and people will start to get sick around you. When it comes to a day care facility, kids are often prone to sickness and germs simply because they are all in such close proximity with one another. Once a child gets sick, there are bound to be a few more that will follow behind. To keep the sickness at a minimum, it is important that not only the day care facility takes the necessary steps to keep the area clean but that the parents also know how to keep kids safe, healthy and free from germs and bacteria.
It goes without saying that any surfaces at a day care facility will need to be cleaned as well as disinfected all throughout each day. Some of the surfaces where kids are going to have the potential for contact with the most germs will include areas where food is prepared, diaper changing areas, toy bins and crib rails. As a parent with a child in day care, you have the right to ask about the types of cleaners that are used, how often they are used and the areas and the manner in which toys are cleaned and taken care of. Of course, any toys that toddlers or infants will be using and possibly putting in or near their mouths will have to be properly cleaned as well as sanitized before someone else picks them up to play with them.
You will also want to make sure that you learn about any sort of sick policy that the day care has in place and find out how they enforce it. If there is a child that has been sick, is there a period of time where they need to be symptom free before they return to the day care facility? When your child starts to show symptoms, you will want to know if you will be notified in a timely fashion. Take into consideration any sort of plans that will need to be put into place should your child need to be picked up while you are at home, at work or away.
The more that you are able to talk with your child, even if he or she is of toddler age, about the ways in which you can stay free from germs the better they will be able to stay healthier longer. Proper hand washing techniques are always a great idea and the sooner that you teach your child how important it can be, the better. Once they are at the day care, they will know to wash their hands after using the bathroom, playing, changing out toys that another child had or even if they are around a child who was sick recently. In the end, you will be glad that you took the time to learn some great tips to keep your child as healthy as possible while he or she is at day care.