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Kindergarten is the start of a child’s educational journey, but it can also be a place where they are at the highest risk of getting sick. And when one child becomes sick, those germs can spread to others students fast.
Knowing how to prevent the spread of germs in kindergartens is the first step to maintaining a healthy learning environment, so we’ve put together these tips for parents, schools, and childcare centres on how to keep a kindergarten classroom free of unwanted germs.
Good hygiene habits that are learnt at home will carry over to the classroom. Children need to learn how to protect themselves and others from the spread of germs, and by teaching them the basics of good hygiene you’ll be taking a big step towards keeping them (and their classmates) healthy.
Children are often unaware of how germs spread, so it’s best to teach them some basic skills early. For example, one of the first lessons you should teach your child is to use tissues when coughing or sneezing. If they don’t have any available, they can sneeze and cough into their sleeve as germs stay trapped in fabrics, making it a good option in preventing the spread of germs. This is because when kids cover their mouths while sneezing or coughing they eventually touch others and objects around the classroom, adding to the spread of germs. In fact, a majority of the germs in a classroom are spread by contact.
Children should also learn how to blow their noses using tissue. This is especially useful once a child has become sick and is recovering.
Learning to share is a valuable trait to teach your children, but not all things should be shared if you want to prevent everyone becoming sick with the same illness. You can prevent this by teaching your kids to avoid sharing cups, toothbrushes and eating utensils with other people.
The germs that appear in kindergarten classrooms often come from the home on one child, and then these germs are taken home by more of the kids. For this reason it’s essential that both your home and the classroom is kept as clean as possible to avoid the children from being exposed to more germs than necessary.
In the home
The kitchen and bathroom are the primary areas where germs develop, and contrary to most people’s expectations more germs can be found in the kitchen sink than in the toilet. Take a few minutes each day to wipe down surfaces thoroughly with a disinfectant.
In the classroom
The classroom needs to be cleaned well and often. Be sure to wipe down all surfaces at the end of each school day, particularly desks and door handles. This is especially important for during large gatherings and before eating times.
Be sure there are plenty of tissues available for children to use, and that you are aware of any children who may be showing symptoms of a cold or flu bug so as to pay particular attention to cleaning any items that they may have touched during the school day.
School bathrooms should have antibacterial soap available at all times, and children should be given demonstrations both at home and in school to show them how to wash their hands properly with soap.
Schools will routinely hire professional cleaning services to keep their classrooms free of germs, and finding a quality professional service is one of the best investments you can make in maintaining a healthy classroom for children.
Professional cleaning services for classrooms act not only to keep your school germ-free, but can also implement cleaning solutions that you may not have thought of which will make a difference to the general hygiene of your students. For example, soap that smells pleasant to children – such as lolly or fruit smells – is more likely to be used in school bathrooms than soaps that do not smell nice.
Steam cleaning carpets on a regular basis can remove hard-to-reach germs and debris that can foster the growth of bacteria. Regular vacuum cleaning is also an effective strategy in a germ-free environment, while floors made of hard surfaces like linoleum and vinyl can also build up germs from excess foot traffic. Mopping these surfaces regularly with disinfectant can help to prevent bacteria build-up while maintaining the clean appearance of the facilities.
And did you know your windows could also be a place for germs to spread? Kids touch everything, so having a professional clean your classroom windows will ensure that you have a comprehensive strategy to combat the spread of germs in the classroom.
Keeping your child and their classmates healthy requires both preventive and reactive measures on the part of the parents, the teachers and the school. Contact a professional kindergarten cleaning service today to find out more about how you can best prevent the spread of germs in the classroom.