Instilling early handwashing skills is very important. We use only non-toxic children’s foaming hand soap. The water heater is set at 120 degrees. Still we will wash our hands with cold water to avoid any possibility of “too” hot water. Better safe than sorry. The hot water has been shut off to ensure it cannot be used. Children learn by seeing and doing. That is why we will wash our hands together with the children and do it thoroughly with enthusiasm. Not just because we have to, but because we want to. Consistency is key! Even if we are in a hurry we do not skip hand washes. The goal is to continuously reinforce hand washing and to ensure cleanly hygiene. Plus practice makes perfect! This is one of the best ways to avoid the spread of the flu, colds, and other diseases.
We use the fun interactive video. We watch this every Monday to help reinforce handwashing habits.
“Wash Your Hands Song” By little baby bum. This will help with ensuring we wash our hand for at least 20-30 seconds.
We use the following guidelines:
• Describe each step as we complete it in front of the children.
• Explain the concept of germs by comparing them to tiny invisible bugs. In order to get all of the “bugs” off, demonstrate lathering up and scrubbing the backs and fronts of hands, between fingers, around wrists, and under fingernails.
• Discuss the purpose of thorough hand washing.
• Explain times throughout the day when washing their hands is necessary:
• After using the bathroom or a diaper/soiled clothes change
• Before and after eating
• After blowing their nose
• After playing with a pet
• After activities such as outdoor play, using pens/pencils, art supplies and playing with toys.
• When hands are dirty
We always demonstrate through modeling hand washing behaviors (washing with child safe eco-friendly hand soap) for 20-30 seconds and wash our hands as follows:
• Before beginning work
• When hands are dirty
• Before handling food or feeding children
• After using the toilet, helping a child use the toilet or after changing soiled clothing or diapers, after cleaning the high chairs
• After coming into contact with bodily fluids such as a wet or soiled diaper, runny nose, spit or vomit
• After cleaning children, childcare areas, the childcare bathroom and any toys
• Before giving medication or applying ointment
• After work
It is the parent's responsibility to provide diapers, wipes, and diaper cream for your child. It is also the parent's responsibility to check periodically to see if or when your child needs more diapers, wipes, and cream, (not the providers). Each child’s diapers and supplies will be kept in their own clearly labeled bin. Diapers are checked frequently, and changed every two to three hours or as required. Diapers containing poo are changed immediately. Hand washing of childcare provider and child is performed after each diaper change. We use only child safe green cleaning products to clean and disinfect.
We are happy to encourage and participate in potty training as long as the child is ready (usually between 2 and 3 years old). We ask that you please start the process at home for approximately two to three weeks with some level of success. This way it will be more effective at SING Childcare and your child will feel more comfortable. Parents need to supply pull-ups (training pants) and wipes. Children are able to come to SING Childcare in training pants/underwear after they have been accident free for at least two weeks in pull-ups. Communication between parents and SING Childcare is of the utmost importance for a s successful transition from diapers to using the toilet. All potty training children must wear clothing that they can handle successfully on their own - no onesies, no overalls, no belts or jeans with buttons or snaps. Elastic waist pants are the most appropriate. Parents will be asked to supply extra sets of spare clothing during the training period.
The use of the interactive video:
"The Potty Song", by little baby bum is helpful in reinforcing training and makes it fun!
We use the following as guidelines:
• Explain they should let us know when they need to use the potty.
• Let the child know they are doing well, no discipline or discouragements.
• Give them simple instructions:
• pull down your pants/shorts/skirt and underpants
• sit on toilet and go potty
• wipe until clean (we assist as needed)
• pull up your underpants and pants
• ﬂush the toilet
• wash your hand
• We ALWAYS celebrate the children’s accomplishments as they attempt and learn this new skill.
We offer Graco 4-1 Cribs for napping to all children attending SING Childcare. We ask that you provide a sheet of your choice. Having their own special blankets from home helps the children feel more comfortable during sleep-time. Please don’t forget to take your child’s sheet home every Friday for washing. The children play and likely will get dirty. Even though we wash hands and even faces when needed; sleep blankets still need weekly cleaning!
The children sleep in the room where we play and learn. Naptime is at the same time for all of the children. This allows them time to relax and refresh so they can focus during the rest of their day. The State of California requires that all children under the age of five have at least a two-hour rest period every day. No child will ever be forced to sleep, however they are encouraged to remain quiet and in their crib during this time.