Cleaning information for Alert Level 2

  • Clean all surfaces and toys with hot soapy water first, then disinfect, we recommend a diluted bleach solution.
  • It is recommended to clean all toys with hot soapy water and then a bleach solution.
  • Make a new bleach solution daily using either of the following formulas: Make a bleach solution at 1:10 ratio (1 part bleach and 9 parts water) or,
    • To make 1 litre = 50ml of bleach and add water to make 1 litre or, ¼ cup of bleach and add 4 cups of water
    • To make 10 litres = 500ml (2 cups) of bleach and add water to make 10 litres
  • When using bleach solution it needs to be sprayed and left on for 30 seconds before being removed in order to be effective or leave on surface if appropriate. At the end of the day wash surfaces with hot soapy water and spray with bleach solution and leave to air dry overnight.
  • Identify areas that children play in a lot, these areas is high risk areas and should be cleaned first.
  • Look at cleaning from a child height not an adult height for example backs and sides of chairs where little hands go, taps, and door handles.
  • We recommend that high use areas like the bathrooms, tables and door handles are cleaned during the day as well as at the end of the day and bleached daily.
  • Wipe down cots daily with diluted bleach, especially where children hold or bite.
  • Send all comforters (dummies, sleep toys, blankets) home to be washed.
  • Other areas to focus your cleaning are furnishing, for example pillows, couch covers, and blankets, these can be washed in a hot machine wash regularly.
  • Couches and chairs without removable covers and the Autex wall covering at child height need to be steam cleaned regularly and if has been contaminated

Cleaning toys

At this time best practice would be to:

  • Rotate toys on a roster so not all toys are out at once and clean toys can be used. Especially important for under twos as they put toys in their mouth. This can be a lot of extra work so we recommend to reduce the amount of toys and rotate ‘batches’ of clean ones each day. You can also save time by cleaning suitable toys in the dishwasher on hot wash.
  • Limit activities where children are playing closely together like play dough, water play, and art. Reduce the number of children taking part in these activities at any one time and use individual portions of play dough. Replace play dough and water every day.

http://education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/COVID19-files/alert-level-2-guidance-for-early-learning-services.docx

Cleaning information for Alert Level 3

  • Clean all surfaces and toys with hot soapy water first, then disinfect, we recommend a diluted bleach solution.
  • It is recommended to clean all toys with hot soapy water and then a bleach solution.
  • Make a new bleach solution daily using either of the following formulas: Make a bleach solution at 1:10 ratio (1 part bleach and 9 parts water) or,
    • To make 1 litre = 50ml of bleach and add water to make 1 litre or, ¼ cup of bleach and add 4 cups of water
    • To make 10 litres = 500ml (2 cups) of bleach and add water to make 10 litres
  • When using bleach solution it needs to be sprayed and left on for 30 seconds before being removed in order to be effective or leave on surface if appropriate. At the end of the day wash surfaces with hot soapy water and spray with bleach solution and leave to air dry overnight.
  • Identify areas that children play in a lot, these areas is high risk areas and should be cleaned first.
  • Look at cleaning from a child height not an adult height, for example backs and sides of chairs where little hands go, taps, and door handles.
  • Bathrooms should not be shared by multiple bubbles, if this is not possible they must be cleaned in between each bubbles use.
  • We recommend that high use areas like the bathrooms, tables and door handles are cleaned during the day as well as at the end of the day and bleached daily.
  • Wipe down cots daily with diluted bleach, especially where children hold or bite.
  • Furniture or items intended for children to sleep on (such as cots, beds, stretchers or mattresses) should be spaced at least 1 metre apart when in use. Different early learning bubbles cannot use the same sleep space at the same time. If it is not possible to provide furniture or items intended for children to sleep on (such as cots, beds, stretchers, or mattresses) at a ratio of 1:1, the service must ensure the hard surfaces are wiped down between each use. Each child must have individual linen and this must be washed daily after use.
  • Send all comforters (dummies, sleep toys, blankets) home to be washed.
  • Other areas to focus your cleaning are furnishing, for example pillows, couch covers, and blankets, these can be washed in a hot machine wash or removed from the floor.
  • Couches and chairs without removable covers and the Autex wall covering at child height need to be steam cleaned regularly and if has been contaminated

Cleaning toys

  • Have separate batches of toys for each bubble. Rotate toys on a roster so not all toys are out at once and clean toys can be used. Especially important for under twos as they put toys in their mouth. This can be a lot of extra work so we recommend to reduce the amount of toys and rotate ‘batches’ of clean ones each day. You can also save time by cleaning suitable toys in the dishwasher on hot wash.
  • Remove cane storage baskets, soft toys and puppets as these items that can’t be effectively cleaned with bleach solution or in the dishwasher.
  • Limit activities where children are playing closely together like play dough, water play, and art. Reduce the number of children taking part in these activities at any one time and use individual portions of play dough. Replace play dough and water every day.

http://education.govt.nz/assets/Documents/COVID19-files/Alert-Level-3-guidance-for-Early-Learning-Services-28-April-2020.pdf

Last updated 19 May 2020.