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COVID-19 Cleaning protocols for child care facilities

Child care facilities should review their cleaning protocols and reinforce them if needed to meet current public health requirements.​

CLEANING & DISINFECTI​NG PLANS​
Child care facilities should develop a plan for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting.

  1. Review​ existing practices to determine where enhancements can be made, including:​
    • ​​frequency and timing of cleaning/disinfection;
    • areas to clean and/or disinfect
    • choice of cleaning products
    • child safety
    • staffing
    • signage
    • PPE for cleaning staff​
  2. Review inventory to determine items to be stored, moved, or removed altogether to reduce handling or challenges with cleaning them (e.g. porous or soft items such as stuffed toys, area rugs, fabric seating, etc.)
    • ​​Limit the use of shared objects (e.g. outdoor play toys, art supplies, toys, etc.), or clean shared objects between each use

CLEANING & DISINFECTING FREQUENCY​

​Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces at least twice daily. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be necessary, depending on the frequency of use and extent of soilage.

WHAT TO CLEAN AND WHAT TO DISINFECT

Clean and disin​fect high touch surfaces, including:​

  • ​Washrooms (e.g. toilet fixtures, faucets)
  • Eating areas (e.g. tables, sinks, countertops)
  • ​Doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, touch screens, push buttons, handrails, computers, photocopiers, sports equipment, toys, etc.

Clean plastic or metal outdoor surfaces using soap and water. Cleaning of outdoor wooden surfaces is not recommended.

See the full list at the bottom of this document.​

CLEANING PRODUCTS AND ​METHODS​ ​

Cleaners:

  • Br​eak down grease and remove organic material from the surface.
  • Are used separately before disinfectants.
  • Can be purchased with cleaner and disinfectant combined in a single product.

Disinfectants:

  • ​​Have chemicals that kill most germs.
  • Applied after the surfaces have been cleaned.
  • Have a Drug Identification Number (DIN).

​​Disinfectant Wipes:

  • Have combined cleaners and disinfectants in one solution.
  • May become dry due to fast drying properties. Should be discarded if they become dry.
  • Not recommended for heavily soiled surfaces.
  • ​​​​Commonly used cleaners and disinfectants are effective against COVID-19
  • Products that both clean and disinfect are preferable (e.g. hydrogen peroxide products)
  • Only use cleaning and disinfectant products that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN). A DIN is an 8-digit number given by Health Canada that confirms it is approved for use in Canada
  • Where possible, use pre-mixed solution 
  • Check expiry dates and always follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Wear gloves and any other personal protective equipment recommended by the manufacturer when handling cleaning products, including wipes
  • Allow adequate contact time for disinfectant to kill germs (see product label)
  • Use damp cleaning methods such as damp clean cloths, and/or a wet mop 
  • Do not dry dust or sweep which can distribute virus droplets into the air
  • Contaminated disposable cleaning items (e.g. mop heads, cloths) should be placed in a lined garbage bin before disposing of them with regular waste
  • Reusable cleaning items can be washed using regular laundry soap and hot water (60-90°C)

​​ISOLATION ROOM​

All child care facilities have a room or space that can be used should a child or staff member become ill, including PPE available in the area.

These areas should be cleaned after each use.​

BATHROOMS

Child care facilities should ensure that bathrooms are cleaned frequently and that there is an adequate supply of soap at all times. Paper hand towels are preferable to hand dryers.


Child care facilities should timetable bathroom breaks to stagger use of bathrooms and should monitor physical distancing. Signage should be posted that indicates the maximum number of people simultaneously using the bathroom at any given point. Individual children should not be prevented from accessing bathrooms as needed.

​See table attached for an updated list of environmental cleaning recommendations. Take note of suggested cleaning/disinfection measures and frequency.​

Area

Clean

​​Disinfect

​Frequency

​Notes

Isolation Room

X

X

After each use

 

​​Food prep
surfaces

​X

​X

​before & after each use

Utility sinks​

​X

​X

​after each use

Blenders, food processors & can openers​

​X

​X

​after each use

​Change tables without paper

X

X

after each use

​Babies' plastic mouthed toys

​X

X

​after each use

​Change tables with paper liner, diaper pails

X

​X

daily and when soiled

​Discard paper after each change. Clean and sanitize if surface becomes soiled

Hand-washing sinks​

​X

​X

Twice daily and when soiled

​Toilets/sinks
cubicles

X

​X

Twice daily and when soiled

​Floors

​X

daily and when soiled

​Mop using detergent & water or a combined cleaner / disinfectant solution

​Countertops, sinks & fixtures

​X

​X

Daily, after each use, and when soiled

​Tables & chairs

​X

​X

daily and when soiled

​Drinking fountains

​X

​X

daily and when soiled

​Fountains should only be used for refilling water bottles. Hands should be sanitized before filling water bottles.

​Doorknobs, light switches, railings, telephones, computer mice & keyboards

X

X

Twice daily and when soiled

High chair trays​

​X

​X

​Daily, after each useand when soiled

​Stovetops & table tops & microwaves

​X

​X

​Daily, between uses and when soiled

​Not for  use by children. Staff may use but must sanitize their hands between uses.

​Carpets

​X

daily and when soiled

​Vacuum daily, clean as needed and shampoo every 3 months

​Shared plastic toddler toys

​X

​X

​Daily, between uses, and when soiled

​Should be avoided

Activity centres & play mats​

​X

​X

after each use

​Avoid sharing objects.

Water tables & sand table toys

Not to be used.

​Shared puzzles & board books

​X

​X

​after each use

​Avoid sharing objects. Only clean before disinfecting if visibly soiled.

Bedding, cots, mats, pillows

​X

​X

weekly and when soiled

​Launder. Reserve for use by one child.

​Garbage containers (inside)

​X

​X

weekly and when soiled

​Clean whenever garbage has leaked

Refrigerators

X

monthly and when soiled

​Clean out the freezer every 6 months

​Ovens

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Clean

​Woodwork & cubbies

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Damp wipe

​Garbage containers (outside)

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Clean whenever garbage has leaked

​Drapes, curtains and blinds

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Vacuum, launder or dry clean yearly

​Air vents

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Vacuum

​Windows

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Wash inside & out at least twice a year

Door ledges and shelves

​X

monthly and when soiled

​Damp wipe

High touch outdoor surfaces made of metal or plastic

X​

 

daily in warm weather and when soiled.

Clean with soap and water. Have children use hand sanitizer before and after recess. Depending on capacity, may need to designate certain days for each cohort to use outdoor structures.


​Addit​ional Resources:​​

Contact the Northwestern Health Unit at talkpublichealth@nwhu.on.ca​ or 1-866-468-2240 with any questions.​​​