Keeping Healthy

Wash hands

What measures can you take to help keep preschoolers and teachers healthy?

 

 

Wash Hands

The single most important thing you can do is wash your hands, and help preschoolers learn to wash their hands. Wash hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

 

Teachers should wash hands:

  •  Before preparing or serving food;

  • Before (if possible) and after giving first aid to a preschooler;

  • After changing diapers, using the restroom, helping a preschooler in the rest room; wiping a preschooler’s runny nose, helping a sick preschooler, outside play with preschoolers, contact with blood or body fluids, cleaning the classroom, and taking out the trash.

 

Preschoolers should wash hands:

  • Before eating;

  • After using the restroom, diaper changes, sneezing, coughing, wiping a runny nose, playing outside, and touching animals.

 

Disinfect the Classroom

Another important step in reducing the spread of germs is to disinfect the classroom. Think of all the different surfaces preschoolers touch after coughing or sneezing. Disinfect the tables, chairs, counters, shelves, interest-area furniture, crib rails, baby swings, diaper-changing area, and bathrooms. All toys, dishes, and computer keyboards need to be disinfected, too. Remember to disinfect door handles, cabinet handles, faucets, and toilet handles.

For toys, keep a plastic bin in the classroom labeled To Be Washed. Place toys in this bin after a preschooler is finished playing with a toy he put in his mouth or drooled on. Disinfect the toys at the end of your session.

A bleach and water solution is recommended to use as a disinfectant. Use 1 tablespoon standard household bleach to 1 quart water in a spray bottle, or ¼ cup bleach per gallon of water in a plastic tub. Spray or wipe the surface and allow the solution to sit for at least 2 minutes. Dry with a paper towel or air dry. A new batch of bleach solution has to be made each day. Store bleach and the diluted solution out of the reach of preschoolers. As an alternative to bleach, solutions may be used that are designated on the label as an EPA disinfectant.

 

When a Preschooler Is Sick

Encourage parents to keep preschoolers at home when they are sick. Their child will be more comfortable at home and will not be able to participate fully in activities at church. This will also prevent germs from spreading to other preschoolers or teachers.

If a preschooler becomes sick while at church, an adult should stay with the child in an area away from other children. Contact the parents immediately to take the child home or to the doctor if needed. Keep the Mission Friends Enrollment Form (in Free Downloads on wmu.com/preschool) in an accessible place in order to have easy access to parent information. Send a text to the parents, or have an adult locate the parents within the church to notify them about their sick child.

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