Cleanliness and Hygiene Standards for Group Child Care Facilities
When touring a child care facility, ask about and evaluate the
physical environment for signs that it is clean and generally well-kept. Notice
whether the staff members practice good hygiene, and ask questions to
clarify policies. Consider the following
- Is the facility clean? Are toys and other clutter
kept off the floor? Are wastebaskets placed throughout the
- Are there written policies for cleanliness of staff
members? For handling of environmental waste (such as vomit, blood, or
- Where are the restrooms and
- Can even the smallest toddlers reach them?
- How often are they disinfected?
- Do you see the staff
washing their own hands and helping children wash their hands?
separate sinks used for hand-washing after diapering a child or using the
bathroom and before preparing food?
- What are the diapering practices? Diapers should be
changed in a designated area away from food preparation areas. Surfaces should
be nonporous and sanitized after each diaper change. (Disposable paper pads may
also be used for a changing surface and thrown away after each change.)
Diaper-changing procedures should be clearly written out and posted at the
- How frequently are toys
- What type of bedding is used for naps? Children should
have their own mat, cot, and bedding and have it washed at least on a weekly
- How often are floors/carpets cleaned?
there seem to be enough space for the number of children?
- Is there
good ventilation? How often are rooms opened to allow fresh air to enter?
Notice whether there are any stale or foul odors.
- Is the facility
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||September 14, 2012|