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How to Keep the Church Nursery Clean
Church nurseries are blessings for families with children who want to attend church. Keeping the rooms clean is essential, and it's not difficult to learn how keeping in mind at all times that cleaning church nurseries is different from any other cleaning.
Require your volunteers to wash their hands.Any paid cleaning staff should also wash their hands. You should have all workers and children who enter the nursery wash their hands upon entering, and always after changing a diaper, helping a child use the restroom, or before the kids' snack time.
Clean the changing table.To prevent germs from spreading through diaper changing, wash your hands or put on gloves before the changing. Afterwards, wash your hands and the child's hands. Spray with cleaning solution or use wipes to clean the changing table after each use.
- You can also use disposable paper coverings to keep the changing table clean. Be sure to dispose of the covering after each change and replace it with a new one.
Vacuum the nursery every week or as required.Children spill stuff, even those in the church nursery. Vacuum when there is a need or at least once a week. Attempt to clean up messes and spills as soon as they happen. Have your carpet professionally cleaned every three months.
Be sure that the room is kept dust-free.A weekly dust should be sufficient. Be sure to dust the ceiling as well. This should know be done every three months, around the same time as the carpet is professionally cleaned.
Keep wood surfaces such as cabinets and shelves that come in contact with kids sanitary by washing them every week.A mix of vinegar and water (half vinegar and half water) is chemical-free. Cabinets out of reach don't need to be washed as often, but should also be done about every three months.
Keep eating surfaces clean.If your church nurseries allows children to eat from surfaces, you'll need to wipe or wash all eating surfaces before and after eating. It is also advisable to sterilize food preparation areas, tables, high chairs and all equipment related to feeding and the preparation of food.
Make sure that all workers wash their hands before preparing or serving food.Make sure that children wash their hands as well, before and after eating.
Care for the cribs.After a child sleeps in a crib, the sheets should be washed before another child sleeps in the same crib. Have enough spare sets of clean sheets available for each service. Crib mattresses should be wiped down at times, too. Ensure that child-friendly products are used. Mattresses must be covered with waterproof material to make wiping them a practical way to clean them. Cloths used to wipe mattresses must also be sterile.
Clean the germ carriers.Objects like light switches, door handles, pens, counters and sinks are touched frequently and should be wiped off with disinfectant wipes once a week or even more frequently.
Use disinfectant wipes on plastic toys or wash with hot water and soap weekly.Better yet, wash the toys with dish soap and water, then soak them in liquid disinfectant and rinse or wipe them off with disinfectant wipes after being scrubbed.
Keep all fabric sanitary.Blankets should not be kept in cribs, but may be used in beds or on the floor with toddlers and preschoolers. They should be washed after every use. Puppets, doll clothes, baby seat covers, rocking chair covers and any other cloth items should be washed after each nursery use.
- Even if you wash cloth items weekly, stuffed animals should still be avoided. Germs and allergens easily become stuck in their fur. They can irritate children with allergies. If children must have a stuffed animal with them, try to discourage those with fur that allergens and gems may get stuck in, and encourage parents to wash the animal before bringing it to the nursery. If a child wants to sleep with an animal, let them do so. But make sure that a child with allergies is not near them (ask parents about allergies through a form before they are left in your church's care).
Hang hand washing signs above or by sinks, the changing table, feeding area, nursery entryway and in the bathroom,.
Have cleaning supplies on hand.These include disinfectant wipes, a broom, a dustpan, a vacuum cleaner, cleaning spray, a toilet wand, toilet wand pads, dish soap, hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, rubber gloves, trash bags, distilled water, clean tubs, and bleach.
- Remember to keep all hazardous cleaning items out of sight of children and out of reach. Ideally, the items should be locked away, so that they are only accessible to nursery workers.
Avoid training toilets and toilet seats, as these are great germ carriers.Ask each child to bring their own, then be sure to rinse out and wipe the seat or toilet after the child uses it.
Be sure that a health policy is in place.Sick children and workers should not be allowed in the nursery. A fever must be cleared for 24 hours before someone is allowed to enter the nursery.
- Keep a sign outside your nursery door that explains what symptoms make a child ineligible to participate in the nursery.
Inform parents and workers.Be sure that cleanliness and health practices and policies are part of every job training. Provide a packet for parents about your nursery and include a couple of pages about your nursery's cleanliness and health policies/ practices. This will not only inform parents and encourage them to help you in this effort, but it will comfort new parents who are worried about their child being exposed to high levels of germs in the nursery and becoming sick. Be sure that your workers also receive such a packet that outlines their role in cleanliness before, during, and after the job for themselves, the children, and the facility. Keep a copy of this packet in the nursery for all workers.
Enforce the rules.Be sure that your workers know that no exceptions to the rules are to be made. Children should be expected to wash their hands unless a health sensitivity is relative, at which point the parents should be expected to provide the nursery with a special product for their child.
- Hire someone to come in and clean the nursery each week.
- Use checklists to make sure that the nursery is cleaned properly after each use, diapers are changed sanitarily, the kitchen is sanitized before and after each use and so on. Hang these checklists by the areas of use.
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