Hygiene

'The provider must promote the good health of children attending the setting.' (EYFS, 2012)

At Footsteps Day Nursery we take Health & Hygiene very seriously. Here are the measures that we take to ensure that all areas of the Nursery are kept clean & germ free so that we can try to minimise the spread of any infections.

  • Toilets sinks, door handles, light switches & flushes are sterilised twice a day – at lunchtime & at the end of the day 
  • All bins are emptied twice a day
  • Tables are sterilised before & after snack, after messy activities & before & after lunch times
  • Nappy mat & area sterilised after each change
  • Children wash their hands before & after eating, after going to the toilet & after messy play
  • Staff wear protective gloves and aprons when changing nappies & administering first aid.
  • Children are encouraged not to share any of their food with others and uneaten food is thrown away
  • Staff wash their hands before & after eating, before preparing food, after using the toilet, after breaks have been taken & any messy activity
  • During the ‘end of day’ and ‘end of the week’ clean everything is sterilised using a diluted bleach solution
  • Staff keep hair tied back & do not wear nail polish
  • All staff attend Food Hygiene courses, these are updated every 3 years.
  • Managers & supervisors have attended a Health & Safety course; these are updated every 3 years.
  • Fridge temperatures are checked daily
  • Windows are washed monthly indoors & out
  • All soft furnishings are cleaned monthly
  • All toys, furniture and resources are sterilized on a rolling three weekly basis.
  • We have hot lunches provided by our chef, who is based at the HOve branch. There is a 3-week rolling menu which is changed every 4 months.
  • We have been awarded 5 out of 5 stars in the food hygiene rating system and have been awarded Healthy Choice Award for our snacks & cooking practices.
  • Our chef Terry, who is based at our Hove branch has been awarded a Healthy Choice Gold Award for her menu's, cooking practices and commitment to the environment and reduing food waste. She also has 5 out of 5 stars for food hygiene.
  • We have signs to notify parents when we have had any infectious illnesses or head lice.
  • The children have visits from the dentist & St Johns Ambulance
  • All cot sheets and blankets are washed weekly