Any time you have a large group of kids, you have germs. Children inevitably rub drippy noses, cough, sneeze, and put toys in their mouths, picking up and transferring any number of common “daycare diseases.” In fact, in most research on germy places, kindergartens, preschools, and daycare centers are topping the charts. But you can do plenty to help your kids and staff stay healthier.
To reduce the risk of disease in preschool settings, every facility should meet specific criteria that promote good hygiene. Keep in mind that even surfaces that look clean may harbor large amounts of viruses and bacteria. Frequent hand washing is key, and standard cleaning methods are a good start, but research proves that cleaning is not enough and does not remove germs in places where they are frequently present in high numbers. Regular sanitizing and disinfecting should therefore be an essential part of every childcare center’s routine.