A Teacher’s Tips for Keeping Sickness at Bay
It’s a fact that illnesses can run rampant in a day care. All those little people sniffling and sneezing, coughing and wheezing. Sometimes it’s hard to keep an eye on everyone when you’re in a classroom of sixteen. As a day care teacher, I thought I would share some ideas to help keep your classroom as sanitary as possible.
- All of our rooms have a “Please wash hands upon entering.” sign hanging by the door.
- This seems logical, but keep extra boxes of tissues on hand and place them strategically around your room. (On top of a toy shelf, on the counter, in the bathroom, etc.) That way, they are always near.
- Spray doorknobs and sink knobs with bleach water or Lysol on a regular basis, as well as your hard plastic toys every night.
- Twice a week, soak your hard, plastic toys in bleach sanitizer and let them air dry overnight on the tables in your room.
- Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your room. It works in a pinch.
- Wash your soft toys (stuffed animals, baby blankets,etc) once a week.
- After nap time, fold children’s blankets and place them in large zip lock bags with the child’s name on it. This will help prevent cross contamination of germs. It will also help floaters and substitute teachers know what blankets belong to which child.
- Although we do laundry on a weekly basis, we encourage blankets to be taken home each weekend to be washed.
- Three times a week, wipe out your classroom’s cubbies with an antibacterial wipe at the end of the day and let them air dry overnight.
Although these tips won’t prevent illness 100%, they are a good start to a healthier classroom.
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Carrie Lowrance is freelance writer and author. She has been published on Huffington Post, She Is Fierce, Parachute and Crosswalk. She has published two books of poetry, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise and The Safety Of Objects. She has also published one children's book, Don't Eat Your Boogers (You'll Turn Green). She writes her own personal finance blog on her site, Freelance By Lowrance.