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Draft 5th edition of Staying Healthy in early childhood education and care submission

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Online Submission (specific questions)
Online Submission (specific questions)
1. The 5th edition target education and care settings with children under 5 years of age. What additional considerations need to be given to make this resource applicable to education and care settings for older aged groups?: 

When issuing posters, a poster which is ina format for older children would be beneficial - not just the older groups in long day care, but also school aged children who may attend these centres for before and after school care.

A poster which has a 'pictorial' display of the steps - either photos or diagrams - with few words with each photo/diagram -

ie  turn on tap   (with photo of this)

    use soap       (with photo)   etc

2. Are there other resources that would be useful to accompany the 5th edition of Staying Healthy ? e.g. posters, fact sheets or on-line information. Please provide links or references.: 

I presume the nappy change and handwashing posters will still be issued.  A poster regarding toileting/toilet training would also be beneficial.

3. Please comment on the new format , are there aspects that can be improved?: 

It looks good, written in 'plain English' which are easier to understand.  With the 'fact sheets' section - in childcare, we use these for handouts/displays for families - is there any way to get some, if not all, onto one page for ease of photocopying?

4. Are there topics that you would like more information/guidance on infection prevention and control? If yes, please specify.: 

The toileting/toilet training section is very short, with not a lot of information.  It should be in a 'step format' just like nappy changing. 

I also strongly believe there should be mention of wearing gloves when assisting with toileting.  In early childhood, children often have 'little accidents' and their clothing can be contaminated, something educators may not realise until they are touching children's clothes.  For this reason, the first step should be 'wash hands and put on gloves', then using steps similar to nappy changing.  A poster would also be beneficial, along the lines of the nappy changing poster.

General Comments

I thought the intructions regarding wiping noses needs inclusion of gloves.  Nasal discharges are one of the main ways of transmitting diseases from person to person. When wiping a child's nose, it is good to have a barrier between yourself and those germs.  Wearing a glove is ideal, but obviously not always possible, so this could be mentioned.  I have previously worked as validator for the NCAC, visiting centres and observing practices such as these every day.  I must stress it looks very unhygienic to see educators wiping children's noses when not wearing gloves. 

Also, as an ex-validator (and also a university student, recently covering a subject about the environment and sustainability) - is there any way to get around the need for paper on the nappy change mat?  When we are considering sustainability, looking to conserve the environment, the use of paper is a big consideration - in a Queensland centre, there can be 8 babies, 10 toddlers and possibly another 5 or so children in older rooms requiring nappy changes each day.  Say on average 3-4 nappy changes for each child each day, that's about 70-90 sheets of paper per day, 350-450 per week - a lot of paper and a lot of added expense.

Thanks for updating this book and allowing the submissions.

Page reviewed: 3 September, 2013