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Cleaning in a childcare setting

Watch the short animation which highlights how to keep childcare settings clean - for example cleaning plastic toys, soft toys, and books.

The short animation above provides some tips on how to keep different areas of a childcare setting clean.

  • Plastic toys should be washed in sterilising fluid, such as Milton solution (or a suitable alternative), then rinsed with water, and finally dried.

  • Soft toys should be washed in the washing machine.

  • Some objects, like books and tablets, cannot be submerged in liquid. To clean these, wipe the cover with disinfectant wipes. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic and at times of ongoing transmission in the community, please leave the object for 72 hours before wiping with disinfectant wipes.

  • Door handles and table tops should be cleaned with disinfectant wipes.

  • Carpeted floors should be hoovered.

  • Non-carpeted floors and door mats should be washed.

In the comments let us know any top tips you have for keeping your childcare setting clean and safe.

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