Good hygiene is essential in child care centres for the welfare of both children and educators. There are legal policies in place to protect the public and your worker s from food borne illness. If you’re setting up a child care centre, you’ll need to be completely across these legalities and put your own processes in place to ensure these criteria are met every day.
Any staff that will be preparing or heating food will need to be appropriately trained by a registered and accredited place of training in food handling. Contact your governing bodies for information on which accreditations are necessary for your workers. If you ask all the right questions from the beginning and are diligent, you can ensure that your child care centre is a safe haven for children on all fronts.
Your centre’s weekly menus need to be carefully planned out so that the meals are fun and healthy for the children. It’s also essential that all food safety procedures are followed strictly 100% of the time. There can be no shortcuts in preparing food safely. Any outbreak of food-borne illness can be devastating to the health of small children especially. All child care centres have a responsibility and a duty of care to the children they look after.
There are some simple practical things to be aware of when staff members are preparing food in your child care centre:
By taking note of these tips and implementing them in your child care centre, you can ensure your centre’s children and your staff are kept safe, healthy and happy.
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