Niseko Kid’s Club will aim to provide a safe environment in which to play and work. All educators will be fully informed about their responsibilities to implement and adhere to the Niseko Kid’s Club Hygiene policies and procedures to minimise the transmission of infectious diseases amongst children, staff, families and visitors.

Educators use a range of hygiene methods that minimise cross-infection that include practices and procedures that are carried out on a daily basis. Educators have access to laundry facilities that are adequate and appropriate for the needs of the centre.

Washing hands

Thorough hand washing and drying by adults and children is the single most effective method for reducing the risk of cross-contamination. Hand washing notices which clearly explain effective handwashing procedures are displayed next to hand washing basins.

Educators will wash their hands:

  • after going to the bathroom, changing nappies, after cleaning a nappy change area, after helping children use the toilet, after coming in from outside play, after handling garbage, wiping their nose or a child’s nose, after cleaning up urine, faeces, vomit or blood, after touching pets or animals, before and after handling food, before and after applying sunscreen, before giving medication, before starting work and before going home.

Educators will assist younger children, and remind and supervise older children to wash their hands:

  • after going to the bathroom, after nappy changing, after coming in from outside play, after touching nose secretions, after touching pets or animals, before and after handling food, after coming in contact with blood, faeces or vomit.

Wearing gloves

Educators will wear disposable gloves when:

  • changing nappies (refer to nappy changing procedure)
  • cleaning up urine, faeces, vomit or blood
  • handling soiled linen and clothing
  • handling rubbish or nappy bins
  • they have wounds on their hands or wounds covered with dressings.

Gloves will be disposed of after each use.

General Cleaning

Art and Craft – RED cloths

  • use neutral detergent and water

Blood/Body Fluids – BLUE cloths and PAPERTOWELS
Hygiene practices that promote infection control are adopted for all contact with blood and body fluids. All staff will clean up all spills of blood, faeces, urine, vomit and other body fluids immediately by:

  • wearing gloves
  • placing a BLUE cloth over the spill, removing the BLUE cloth and contents, placing the BLUE cloth and gloves in a plastic bag, sealing the bag and putting it in the rubbish bin
  • putting on new gloves, cleaning the surface with warm water and detergent using a fresh BLUE cloth and allowing the area to air dry or wipe over with a PAPER TOWEL, and
  • removing and discarding gloves and washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Food Preparation areas – GREEN cloths
Food preparation areas will be cleaned before and after food preparation as well as at the end of each day, as follows:

  • sweep floor/ground before and after each meal/snack
  • remove food waste, dirt or grease
  • rinse off with water
  • wash with warm soapy water
  • rinse away the soapy water
  • apply the spray sanitiser to the surface
  • spread the sanitiser with a paper towel
  • let it air dry.

Hand Basins and bathroom bench areas – YELLOW cloths
All hand basins and bathroom areas will be cleaned according to the following:

  • use neutral detergent and water
  • rinse away the detergent
  • apply the spray sanitiser to the surface
  • spread the sanitiser with a paper towel
  • let it air dry.

Children’s toilets – PAPER TOWELS
Children’s toilets will be cleaned according to the following:

  • use neutral detergent and water
  • rinse away the detergent
  • apply the spray sanitiser to the surface
  • spread the sanitiser with a paper towel
  • let it air dry.

Floors – MOP and BUCKET
Floors will be cleaned by using neutral detergent and water and air drying before use by staff or children to prevent slips or falls

All staff will ensure floors are swept and washed regularly after each meal, or as required.

All nappy change mats will be cleared according to the following:

  • use neutral detergent between each nappy change
  • wiped with a fabric cloth
  • place fabric cloth in a specially marked bucket and wash at the end of each day.

The change mats will be sanitised during the children’s rest time and at the end of the day.

Coloured Cleaning cloths will be washed regularly, air-dried or disposed of.

Niseko Kid’s Club will use detergent and warm water to clean except where the public health authority recommends a particular chemical for an outbreak of an infectious disease.

Each child will have their own bedding which will be washed daily.

Soiled Linen/Clothing
Soiled Laundry will be stored separately to other dirty linen, until such a time as it is laundered.
Items returned to a child’s home for laundering will have the soiling removed, and placed and secured in a plastic bag. Educators will not rinse soiled clothing due to risk of contaminating their clothing which can then be a source for transporting germs.

Cleaning procedure during an outbreak of a Communicable Disease
Communicable Diseases/Infectious Diseases are illnesses caused by microorganisms and transmitted from an infected person to another person. Most diseases are spread through contact or close proximity because the bacteria or viruses are airborne; i.e. they can be expelled from the nose and mouth of the infected person and inhaled by anyone in the vicinity.

Chlorine-based sanitisers (household bleach) will be used in an outbreak situation.

All educators will follow these following safety procedures when handling bleach:

  • add chlorine to the water
  • use only cold water
  • wear gloves at all times
  • use the bleach carefully as it is corrosive to metals, bleaches fabrics and may irritate the skin, nose and lungs
  • follow safety and handling instructions on all bleach containers.

The clean up should be carried out in:

  • all communal areas and rooms used by the children
  • all toys and equipment that children use
  • bathrooms and toilets
  • kitchen.

Families will be asked to exclude ill children from the centre until 72 hrs after their symptoms have ceased.

The clean up will be repeated regularly until the outbreak has ceased.

Cleanliness of Toys and Equipment
Educators will regularly clean the children’s equipment and toys regularly in warm soapy water and or put through the UV sanitizer box. Toys are to be washed daily so as to avoid the spread of disease. Educators will wash a toy immediately if it has been sneezed on, mouthed and soiled or if it has been discarded after play by a child who has been unwell.

Bottles/dummies and teats will be cleaned with detergent and warm water and rinsed after each use. Dummies will be stores in individual plastic containers with the child’s name clearly displayed.

Drinking and eating utensils
Each child will be provided with their own drinking and eating utensils at each mealtime or snack. These utensils will be washed with detergent and warm soapy water after each use and at the end of each day, the heat sanitiser will be used for all utensils, bowls, cups and chopping boards.

Educators will reduce the risk of the spread of disease for children when playing with play dough by:

  • encouraging hand washing before and after using play dough
  • storing play dough in a sealed container
  • making a new batch of playdough each week
  • if there is an outbreak of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, educators will make a fresh batch of playdough and discard it at the end each day or refrain from making play dough until the outbreak has ceased.

Educators will transport used bed linen to the laundry in a laundry trolley. Soiled bed linen will be soaked to remove the bulk of the contamination, washed separately and dried in the sun or on a hot cycle in the clothes dryer.