General Daycare Process Changes

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Every effort will be made to limit movement of staff between rooms.

Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of objects, toys and high-touch surfaces is significant in controlling the spread of viruses and other microorganisms. Staff will refer to the Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule provided by WDG Health Unit.

All surfaces especially surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs/ handles, light switches, toilet handles, tables /chairs, counter-tops, cabinet/drawer handles, handrails, faucet tap, toys, highchairs, laundry room machine button etc., must be disinfected at least twice daily and when they become visibly contaminated. All soiled and visibly dirty surfaces must be cleaned before disinfecting. Refer to Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule.

 

Food

For childcare centres that are licensed under the Food Premises Regulation, the facility must operate in accordance with the Regulation.

Ensure that food handling staff practice hand hygiene and are excluded from work if they are symptomatic.

Ensure kitchen area is accessible only to kitchen staff. When not in use, ensure kitchen is inaccessible to non-designated staff and children.

Reinforce “no food sharing” policies.

Consider staggering snack and lunch time so you can accommodate smaller groups with more space.

Where possible, children should practice physical distancing while eating. No self-serve or family style dining.

 

Diapering and toileting

Increased frequency of cleaning schedule for toilets, toilet seats, hand-washing sinks, counter-top and fixtures. Refer to Cleaning and Disinfecting Schedule.

Childcare staff must adhere to diapering and toileting steps and ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting between diaper change or toileting process.

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Blood/Bodily Fluid Spills

In the event of Blood/Bodily Fluid Spills, using the steps below, the surface must be cleaned first then disinfected:

  • Isolate the area around the spill so that no other objects/humans can be contaminated
  • Gather all supplies, and put on Personal Protection Equipment (Face shield, mask, gown, and disposable gloves). Ensure gloves have no pinholes or tears and fit securely
  • Scoop up the fluid with disposable paper towels (check the surrounding area for splash/ splatter) and dispose of in separate garbage bag
  • Clean the spill area with detergent, warm water, and single-use towels
  • Rinse to remove detergent residue with clean water and single-use towel
  • Discard used paper towels immediately in a tied plastic bag
  • Spray Disinfectant in and around the spill area and allow the appropriate disinfecting contact time
  • A final rinse is required if children come into contact with the area
  • Remove and immediately discard Personal Protection Equipment