Chain of Infection Must be Considered for Childcare Cleaning

Why the Chain of Infection Must be Considered for Childcare Cleaning

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has been a timely reminder that high quality cleaning and disinfection is one of the critical steps in breaking any potential chain of infection. Here, we take a look at the key processes that our childcare cleaners actively practise according to the latest government guidelines.

How can safety and wellbeing be supported in childcare settings?

While NSW is at the heart of the current outbreak, we know that surrounding states including South Australia, Queensland and Victoria are also doing everything possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Each Australian state and territory outlines its own strategies for childcare settings, however these commonly include maintaining a high level of personal hygiene, physical distancing and limiting group gatherings at pick-up and drop-off times. Sanitisation of the built environment is also essential in minimising the spread of harmful pathogens.

How can the chain of infection be broken?

One of the most common methods of cross-infection is when someone touches their eyes, mouth or nose after touching a contaminated surface. As such, every shared surface should be regularly cleaned and disinfected using a specialist surface disinfection process, to both remove and kill germs that can cause illness. This process can break the transmission link in the chain of infection – not only for COVID-19, but also for other communicable (and undesirable) illness such as colds, flu and gastroenteritis. Effective daycare and childcare cleaning services in Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and elsewhere should always consider the chain of infection when customising a cleaning plan.

AMC’s meticulous approach to childcare cleaning in Queensland, South Australia and around Australia

When cleaning within Australia we work closely according to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) childcare cleaning guidelines.

Our experienced cleaning staff work to a site-specific cleaning plan based on a custom site survey, which will typically incorporate the following:

  • Thoroughly cleaning organic matter from surfaces such as entry keypads, light switches, toys, keyboards, partitions, play equipment and kitchen equipment to physically remove pathogens.
  • Following physical cleaning with a detailed application of 99.9% disinfectant, allowing each surface to dry for 10 minutes.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting at the appropriate frequency throughout the day and at the end of the day, according to use and compliance requirements. For example, door knobs and desks are high-touch surfaces and should be cleaned a minimum of once per day, up to 2-3 times per day.
  • Ensuring all cleaners have the appropriate vaccinations including the flu vaccine, as well as police checks and working with children clearance.
  • Monitoring and reporting of childcare cleaning activity to assist with your regulatory compliance.
  • Using natural yet effective non-toxic cleaning products, for everybody’s safety and peace of mind.
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With these considerations, it’s no wonder our cleaners receive feedback such as this:
“Thank you so much for the wonderful job you do! You are simply the best!! Thanks again from the children, families and staff at Elermore Vale Early Learning Centre.” Cameron Miskin, Director


How can you be sure your childcare cleaners are considering the chain of infection?

To assess how your current daycare cleaning service is stacking up according to best practices, you can download your free childcare centre cleaning and disinfection wall chart here. Breaking the chain of infection really is an essential consideration for any shared environment and should be a priority for your cleaners – whether you happen to be engaging a commercial cleaner in Brisbane for your childcare centres or choosing office cleaning services on the Gold Coast.

We’ll leave you with one more client response for an AMC cleaning franchise, this time from one of NSW’s most valued early childhood intervention and clinical health support services:

“We’ve been very grateful to our cleaners for many, many years. We have a team who is loyal, trustworthy and ready to solve any issues. Special thanks to Wendy, thank you for everything you do. We appreciate you.”
Sonia Bustillo, Customer Service Team Leader at The Infants’ Home

Contact the experienced team at AMC Commercial Cleaning today to arrange commercial cleaning in Adelaide and South Australia, Brisbane or the Gold Coast in Queensland or wherever you may be located in Australia.

Here at AMC Commercial Cleaning we believe it’s important to look after people through our childcare business cleaning as well as community support. 1% of every new cleaning contract with AMC is donated to Children’s Cancer Institute, supporting its mission to cure childhood cancer.