Kids First Group of Nurseries in Dubai shares some tips and tricks to make sure your home is a germ-free space for your children.
17 December 2017| Last updated on 30 January 2018
A child’s health is the most important factor for any parent. From the baby’s very first few days, all parents really want is to make sure of one crucial element: that their little one’s wellbeing is never at risk. To ensure this, not only does the child need to be exposed to the highest standards of nursery health and safety, but he or she also needs to live in the cleanest, most hygienic home environment.
While the Kids First Group of nurseries have taken action to guarantee your child the best and safest learning environment, it is up to you, as a parent, to make sure of the same at home. This article will show you exactly how to do that.
Here is how the Kids First Group of Nurseries cares for your child
When it comes to hygiene in nursery schools, the Kids First Group of nurseries have gone above and beyond to ensure each child is well taken care of, which is why each and every day care center of this group has been awarded the Safety Childcare certification by Boecker, an internationally recognized organization specializing in environmental health services.
These nurseries in Dubai, including Odyssey, Redwood, Kid’s Cottage and Willow, have implemented the highest disinfecting and sanitization programs for each and every room in the nursery. They also make use of segregation to prevent cross-contamination from one room to the next; what this means is that they use different cleaning tools for each facility, thereby guaranteeing the best hygiene in school kitchens and hygiene in school toilets.
A nursery health and wellbeing policy has been strictly applied where food storage, disposal and handling are all taken very seriously to make sure the children are never exposed to germs or bacteria during their meal times.
In addition to these measures, each staff and admin member has been trained to respect the student’s health and safety. This includes the nurse who now follows comprehensive guidelines for giving out medicine and documenting your child’s illnesses.
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Here is how you can care for your child’s health and hygiene at home
Here are a few tips and tricks on how you can improve the health and hygiene of your home for the wellbeing of your little ones, and how you can push your child to develop healthy and hygienic habits from day one.
1. Food hygiene first
- Unhealthy eating habits can lead to all sorts of illnesses from diarrhea to food poisoning, which is why it is important to know some hygienic ways to deal with, store and cook food
- Make sure your child’s hands are cleaned with soap and water before and after they touch their food
- Lead by example by showing the little ones which foods should be refrigerated and which ones can stay out. Also, show them the proper ways to cover food: keep the lid on for all dairy products, store meat in foil and at the bottom of the fridge, and wipe the outer part of tupperwares or bottles before putting them away
- Always wear an apron and your hair back when cooking
- Be aware of when you are about to sneeze or cough, and ensure you move away from the food to do so
2. Next, let’s talk hand hygiene
It’s one of the most important lessons to teach your child, as hand washing can truly prevent all kinds of diseases. You can do this by making hand washing fun! Try singing a song or doing a dance while they wash, soap and rub their hands together. Make sure they know they need to wash between the fingers and under their nails.
It is also very important for the kids to know when to wash their hands, i.e. after using the toilet, after spending time outdoors, after blowing their nose or sneezing, or after playing with an animal.
3. Teach them proper health etiquette
Kids are likely to catch colds or have the flu; it is important for them to learn the dos and don’ts when they are sick. Here are some tips for proper health etiquette:
- Explain to your child that they must stay away from the other kids when they are sick;
- Teach them to use a tissue when they feel like coughing or sneezing;
- Make sure they do not share food, clothes or toys with others in order to prevent contamination;
- Keep them home when necessary.
4. Create a clean and hygienic home environment for your child
Finally, here are a few tips for a germ-free home:
- Get your family members and guests to take their shoes off at the entrance. Shoes are a gateway for all kinds of bacteria that can contaminate your floors. We all know that children love to play on the ground, so make sure these are shoes-free.
- Vacuum on a daily basis and keep your windows open to allow the air to circulate.
- Change your bedding every 2 weeks to prevent bacteria from piling up.
- Give special attention to your bathrooms as they are vehicles for large amounts of germs. Clean the toilet handles, light switches and the shower heads.
- Sanitize your remote controls and tablets regularly.