Our playgroup promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in its day to day work with children and adults. This is achieved in the following ways:
- Before a child starts to attend the group, staff will discuss with parents the child’s dietary needs including any allergies and make appropriate arrangements to meet them. We display information about the child’s dietary needs so that staff and volunteers are informed about them.
- All snacks provided will be nutritious and pay due attention to children’s particular dietary requirements.
- Regular snacks offered at playgroup could include milk, fruit, raw vegetables, breadsticks and crackers.
- Information on the days allergens are available on request. They may include milk, celery, cereals containing gluten.
- We organise meal and snack times so that they are social occasions.
- We use meal and snack times to help children to develop independence through making choices, serving food and drink and feeding themselves.
- We provide children with utensils that are appropriate for their ages and stages of development.
- We have fresh drinking water constantly available for the children. We inform the children about how to obtain the water.
- Milk is provided for children daily.
- When preparing food with children as an activity, they are taught about hygiene and safety with equipment.
- Tea towels are washed regularly.
- A member of staff will hold an appropriate qualification for the safe handling of food. Relevant information will be shared with anyone who handles food at the playgroup.
Outdoor play and sun protection
- Children will have the opportunity to play outside throughout the year (either in the playgroup’s own outside play area or on outings to parks or other community play spaces).
- We want staff and children to enjoy the sun safely. We will work with staff and parents to achieve this through:- We will actively encourage all children to wear a hat when playing outside.- We request children have sunscreen applied before their arrival at playgroup during the summer months.
- – If attending a whole day, children should bring in a clearly labelled bottle of sunscreen. The playgroup staff will assist children to apply the sunscreen.
- – We have a supply of hats to give to children who have forgotten their own.
- Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection, and to inform the playgroup as to the nature of the infection. This will allow the playgroup to alert other parents as necessary and to make careful observations of any child who seems unwell.
- Parents are asked not to bring into the playgroup any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhoea until at least 24 hours has elapsed since the last attack.
- If a child becomes unwell whilst at playgroup they will be isolated from the rest of the group (i.e. sit in the story area) and parents/carers will be contacted
- If the children of playgroup staff are unwell, the children will not accompany their parents/carers to work in the playgroup.
- Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children, will be covered with sticking plaster or other dressing.
- The playgroup will ensure that the first aid equipment is kept clean, replenished and replaced as necessary. Sterile items will be kept sealed in their packages until needed.
- There will always be on the premises at least one qualified First Aider trained to administer first aid to children.
- Staff must not be under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which may affect their ability to care for children. If staff are taking any medication which may affect their ability to care for children they should seek medical advice. Staff should only work directly with children if medication is unlikely to impair their ability to look after children properly. Staff medication will be stored out of reach of children.
- To prevent the spread of all infection, adults in the group will encourage the following good practices are observed
- Hands washed after using the toilet and before handling food.
- Children with pierced ears not allowed to share each other’s earrings.
- Children encouraged to blow and wipe their noses when necessary and to dispose of soiled tissues hygienically.
- Children are encouraged to shield their mouths when coughing.
- Paper towels used and disposed of appropriately.
- Hygiene rules related to bodily fluids followed with particular care and adults are aware of how infection can be transmitted.
Cleaning and clearing
- Any spills of blood, vomit or excrement wiped up and flushed away down the toilet or carefully sealed and disposed of. Disposable gloves always used when cleaning up spills of body fluids. Floors and other affected surfaces disinfected. Fabrics contaminated with body fluids thoroughly washed in hot water.
- Spare laundered pants and other clothing available in case of accidents, and polythene bags available in which to wrap soiled garments.
- Relevant surfaces cleaned daily with an appropriate cleaner.
When Handling Food
- Always wash hands under running water before handling food and after using the toilet.
- Do not be involved with the preparation of food if suffering from any infectious/contagious illness or skin trouble.
- Never smoke on the premises.
- Never cough or sneeze over food.
- Use different cleaning cloths for kitchen and toilet areas.
- Prepare raw and cooked food in separate areas.
- Keep food covered and refrigerated.
- No smoking is allowed on the premises, or where children are present or about to be present.
The outside play area where other hall users may have been smoking is checked and cleared before each session.