Childcare Office

Hygiene Policy

The Playscheme Co-ordinator and all Playworkers will be vigilant to potential threats to good hygiene in the Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme (CUHP). To this end, a generally clean environment will be maintained at all times.

Toilets are cleaned daily and regular checks ensure that there is always an adequate supply of soap and hand drying facilities for both Playworkers and children.

Playworkers will be mindful of the need to observe the highest standards of personal hygiene when administering any first-aid treatment. As such, they will wash their hands thoroughly both before and after giving first aid, and ensure that plasters or disposable gloves cover any cuts, wounds or skin damage.

Playworkers will ensure when assisting children with Intimate Care such as toileting that they wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves and an apron and that they wash their hands thoroughly with soap afterwards. Playworkers will also ensure they comply with our Intimate Care and Safeguarding Policies and have read the risk assessments associated with this type of care. Disciplinary action may take place if these important policies are not followed.

Kitchen Hygiene

All areas where food and drink are stored, prepared and eaten are prone to the spread of infections. Therefore, Playworkers must be particularly careful to observe high standards of hygiene in such instances:

  • Playworkers will be trained in food hygiene.
  • Waste will be disposed of safely and all bins will be kept covered.
  • Food storage facilities will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned.
  • Kitchen equipment will be thoroughly cleaned after every use.
  • In cooking activities, all surfaces and equipment involved will be thoroughly cleaned before and after.

Personal Hygiene

In all circumstances, Playworkers will adhere to and ensure that children carry out the same routines.

  • Washing hands before and after handling food or drink, and after using the toilet.
  • Covering cuts and abrasions while at the premises.
  • Taking any other steps that are likely to minimise the spread of infections.
  • Washing of hands prior to and following first aid.

Dealing with Spillages

Spillages of substances likely to result in the spread of infections will be dealt with rapidly and carefully. Blood, vomit, urine and faeces will be cleaned up immediately and disposed of safely and hygienically by double bagging and taken out of the setting. Playworkers will wear disposable plastic gloves and an apron while using bleach or disinfectant solution, and wash themselves thoroughly afterwards. Children will be kept well clear while such substances are being dealt with.

CUHP is committed to taking all practicable steps to prevent and control the spread of infectious germs, and to uphold high standards of personal hygiene in order to minimise the risk of catching or spreading infections.

Policy reviewed on 6 December 2011.