This time of year, we’re all putting our guards up against the flu and other illnesses.
Child care centers are no different.
There’s no playing around when it comes to keeping them safe from the flu and other illnesses.
It’s something mother Whitney Alley thinks about when she drops off 8-month-old Harper.
“I do worry, especially when it’s cold and winter out. If you can prevent it then do it all you can to hopefully not let her get sick,” Alley said.
That’s why staff members at the Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire try to wipe out any illnesses that could try to make their way into their childcare and preschool programs.
There are several ways to stop the spread of germs like cleaning toys.
And that’s not all.
“It’s a lot of hand washing. Teachers do a great job of teaching kids how to wash their hands, how to sanitize. We have sanitizer in every classroom,” Bridget Hanson with Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire said.
Staff also disinfect anything children will probably touch such as door knobs and light switches.
Adults can help drive home the message by leading by example.
“If they’re not washing their hands or they’re not cleaning or they’re not coughing into their elbow, kids pick up on those things,” Hanson.
Alley has a routine of her own in her household.
“Wash my hands, make sure I’m doing a lot of laundry, not sharing anything,” Alley said.
These are all ways to help stop kids from getting sick so they can keep having a ball with their friends.
If there is an illness going around at the center, Hanson says a note is posted on the door so parents are aware.