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Daily Cleaning and Childcare

Ever since COVID, there has been an enhanced focus on illness prevention, especially in childcare programs. As we all know, little ones are full of germs and they also LOVE to get dirty, which is why it is essential for childcare providers to have a good daily cleaning practice in place. A daily cleaning practice helps to reduce the risk of illness and assists in creating a healthy space for learning and play.


Caution wet floor sign in a classroom


So, what does a good daily cleaning practice look like? Here are some key things that a daily cleaning schedule/checklist should include:

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces, this includes doorknobs, tables, sinks, high chairs, etc. This is especially important before and after meal times.

  2. Cleaning of floors, before and after the program day and as needed, and vacuuming of rugs at the end of the day so dust has time to settle.

  3. Trash removal.

  4. Cleaning and disinfecting of diapering area and/or toilet training equipment.

  5. Cleaning and checking the temperature of classroom refrigerators (if applicable).

  6. Cleaning and disinfecting all meal prep areas. If a kitchen is onsite, they will have more robust cleaning protocols.

  7. Cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms.

  8. Cleaning and disinfecting of nap/sleep equipment, including cots and mats.

  9. Removing and then cleaning and disinfecting of any mouthed toys.

  10. Monitoring and cleaning of outdoor play areas to ensure there is no trash, unsafe equipment, standing water, etc.

  11. Laundering of any soiled bed sheets or linens, with regular washing at least once a week.

Daily cleaning schedules/checklists are great, but they only work if they are routinely monitored. Ask your childcare provider how they monitor cleaning and disinfecting. This may look like signing checklists at the end of every day, random classroom visits to ensure checklists have been completed, etc.!


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