Saftey In Childcare Centres

By Sheryl Yole

Sanatizing and sicknesses

Proper sanitation is an important part of general health, and is absolutely critical in a childcare setting. Keeping a childcare center germ-free is a tough job, however, as children touch everything they can get their hands on and constantly put things they find in their mouth. We as childcare providers are fighting an uphill battle when attempting to keep our centres neat and sanitary.

Instructions on how to properly sanitize toys

Proper ways to clean and sanitize the toys in your centre

Cleaning

Before sanitizing a toy it is important to thoroughly clean the toy. Toys should be scrubbed and rinsed to remove any dirt or debris from the surface. This can be accomplished with warm water and mild detergent. By removing all debris from the surface of the toy the next step, sanitizing, will work more effectively and ensure the toy is actually sanitized.

Sanitizing Hard-Shelled Toys

After all the scrubbed and rinsed toys are dry, the next step is to disinfect them to remove harmful bacteria that may still reside on the surface. To accomplish this, the cleaned toys need to be submerged in an appropriate sanitizing solution. The best sanitizing agent for hard-shelled toys (i.e., plastic toys) is a mixture of water and bleach. The proper ratio of water-to-bleach for a safe sanitizing solution is 1.5 teaspoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water. A water/bleach solution is ideal because it is:

  • Approved by state licensing/certification
  • Inexpensive
  • Readily available
  • Easy to use
  • Works quickly
  • Becomes harmless quickly as it breaks down

There are other ways to sterilize soft shell toys and they usually have the directions on the label but most can be placed ion the washer and dryer, but in some cases they can be washed with water/dish soap and placed out of reach until air dried.