CLEANING AND SANITIZING POLICY

Revised June 2020

Jack and Jill Parent Participation Preschool closely follows the Cleaning and Sanitizing Policy from Vancouver Coastal Health and our licensing officer. 

Below is information about our Cleaning and Sanitizing policies and the extra precautions we plan to take during cold and flu season and during any future outbreaks including COVID – 19.  Teachers and Parents helping in the class will need to familiarize and execute these duties before, during and after class time to ensure all surfaces are clean for the next group of children.

The Child Care Licensing Regulation states: 

Environment
13 (1) A licensee must ensure that a healthy and safe environment is provided at all times while children are under the supervision of employees. In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment, programs are responsible for developing a cleaning and sanitizing system. 

– Cleaning is the removal of visible soil (dirt) from a surface.
– Sanitizing is done after cleaning to reduce the number of germs remaining on a surface to a hygienic level. 

It is important to note that a surface cannot be properly sanitized until it has first been thoroughly cleaned 

To Clean:
Remove the visible soiling by wiping up with a clean cloth, wetted with a mixture of warm water and a little household cleaning detergent (Soap), wipe off excess water. 

To Sanitize:
Spray with a mixture of one teaspoon (5ml) household bleach (5% to 6% chlorine) in two cups (1/2 litre) of water. Leave for 2 minutes and then dry with a clean cloth or leave to air dry. This bleach solution should be changed daily in order to maintain effectiveness. 

We use a diluted bleach mixture for cleaning in our classroom.  It will be made every morning before class and a usage sign will be posted below the cupboard that contains our cleaning products.

During Cold & Flu Season / COVID – 19 / September Intake

Regular cleaning and disinfection are essential to preventing the transmission of COVID-19 from contaminated objects and surfaces. Child Care settings should be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document which is as follows:

• General cleaning and disinfecting of the centre should occur at least once a day.

• Frequently-touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day. These include door knobs, light switches, faucet handles, tables, counters, chairs, shelves, and toys.

• Clean and disinfect any surface that is visibly dirty.

  • Remove toys and other items that cannot be easily cleaned (e.g., avoid plush/stuffed toys).
  • Toys used will be sanitized daily and left out overnight to air dry. Toys put in mouths will be removed immediately and cleaned.

• Empty garbage containers daily, at minimum.

• Wear disposable gloves when cleaning blood or bodily fluids (e.g., runny nose, vomit, stool, urine). Wash hands before wearing and after removing gloves.

  • There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted via textbooks, paper or other paper-based products. As such, there is no need to limit the distribution of books or paper based educational resources to children because of COVID-19.

Hand Hygiene

Rigorous hand washing with plain soap and water is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Children and staff can pick up germs easily from anything they touch, and can spread those germs to objects, surfaces, food and people. Everyone should practice diligent hand hygiene. Parents and staff can teach and reinforce these practices amongst children.

How to perform hand hygiene

• Wash hands with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the “ABC’s” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”).

Children should perform hand hygiene

When they arrive at the child care centre and before they go home, before and after eating and drinking, after a diaper change, after using the toilet, after playing outside, after handling pets and animals, after sneezing or coughing, whenever hands are visibly dirty.

Teachers and Parents should perform hand hygiene

When they arrive at the child care centre and before they go home, before and after handling food (raw, cooked or pre- packaged) and feeding children, before and after giving first aid, after changing diapers, after assisting a child to use the toilet, after using the toilet, after contact with bodily fluids (e.g., runny noses, spit, vomit, blood), after cleaning tasks, after removing gloves, after handling garbage, whenever hands are visibly dirty.