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Health and Hygiene in the Early Care Setting

 
Good hygiene in early child care settings is essential for reducing the risk of infection between children and adults, and helps young children develop healthy habits that they will use throughout their lives. Infection can be spread through direct physical contact between children, airborne through coughing and sneezing, or from contact with various surfaces and objects. While it's impossible for child care providers to prevent the spread of all infections, it's important to promote a healthy and hygienic environment to minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.

One of the most important hygiene tasks within an early care setting is hand washing. The single best way to prevent the spread of infectious disease is through proper hand washing practices. Child care providers should always teach the children in their care the proper way to wash their hands, and inform the children how hand washing kills germs. The CDC recommends that you scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds when washing your hands. You can make this into a game by having the children sing or hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice. Using the proper procedure and washing hands frequently can prevent the spread of colds, flu, and food borne illness. Finally, childcare providers can set a great example by washing their own hands at the appropriate times and maintaining a hygienic environment.

Besides hand washing, here are some other hygienic strategies that child care providers should be using:
  • Ensure equipment and toys are regularly cleaned/washed and well maintained
  • Keep facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens, sleep and rest and play areas clean
  • Use hygienic procedures for wiping noses
  • Hygienic food handling, preparation and storage, and garbage removal
  • Encourage families to keep sick children at home
Next to good hand washing policies, the Daily Health Check is the most important routine practice for keeping unwanted pathogens out of the child care environment. The Daily Health Check is a chance to determine whether a child is showing any signs or symptoms of infectious disease. It should be conducted by caregivers as soon as children arrive in the morning. Health checks can help to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases in child care settings, and enable the caregivers/teachers to plan for necessary care while the child is at the facility.

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases in child care settings and promoting clean environments are routine tasks for early childhood educators. While it's impossible to prevent the spread of all infections, following basic hygienic practices like washing your hands and cleaning toys can go a long way. Using a catchy song like the "Happy Birthday" song will help to make the hand washing process more fun for the little ones in your care and further eliminate any harmful bacteria in your center. Finally, The Daily Health Check is a great tool to help identify potential concerns about a child's health including recent illness or injury in the child.
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Improving Child Development
Article Courtesy of cdc.gov
 
Diarrheal diseases are common and largely preventable. Children are at particular risk for diarrhea and other diseases related to poor water, sanitation, and hygiene. Proper hygiene education is a critical step in reducing illness and death from diarrheal disease. In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied whether good hygiene can prevent diarrhea in young children. View Article  
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     Preventing the Spread of Disease        
           Article Courtesy of earlychildhoodnews.com
 
Teachers of infants and toddlers come in contact with a variety of bodily fluids on a daily basis. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that they be trained in ways to protect their own health and the health of the children in their care. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; Bloodborne Pathogens, 1992) has published guidelines for preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens, such as AIDS and hepatitis.  View Article 
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This Month's Trial Course: Basic Health and Hygiene Practices   
 
CCEI offers HLTH104: Basic Health and Hygiene Practices for the Early Childhood Setting as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of December.

This course provides basic information everyone should know about preventing the spread of infectious diseases in the child care setting. Participants will learn about various types of pathogens and how they are spread, along with recommended hygiene practices, how to recognize signs and symptoms of disease, immunization policies, and more.
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Introducing: School-Age News   
 
As CCEI has expanded its courses into the world of school-age care, we decided this group warrants its own section. Beginning in January, this section of the CCEI Newsletter will feature relevant news and content related to the out-of-school market. This area will focus on the developmental stages and characteristics of children ages 5 to 14, as well as recommended strategies and practices for supporting children's developmental needs.

CCEI has added over 15 hours of school-age care training during the last year, and will continue to expand its course offerings to include more relevant material. You can find CCEI's current list of school-age courses here.
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Alumni Profile   
 
Jennifer Weichers
Kenosha, WI

Congratulations to Jennifer for successfully completing the Online Child Care Orientation and Infant-Toddler Orientation Certificates!

Jennifer began her career in early childhood over 30 years ago by caring for children in her home. She enjoys spending time with the children in her care during the morning, especially during art and music time, while the children's favorite time of day is singing and dancing along to the music in the afternoon! Jennifer is motivated by watching and caring for the children around her, including her own. She says, "I am motivated to work with children because it comes to me so easily. I enjoy being part of their learning, and building their foundation to knowledge."
 
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, listening to music, writing poetry, and playing soccer. In addition, she is a Girl Scout leader and sings in her church choir! She is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree through Ashford University, and hopes to become a 4k instructor down the road. Jennifer recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "I plan to continue furthering my education through CCEI.  I have a thirst for expanding my knowledge and plan to be a lifelong learner."

Congratulation, Jennifer! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!
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