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  • Rockgirl
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    The laundry isn’t actually that bad. I’m doing about two loads of washcloths per week….I have a ton of them. The kids stack them after they’re dry. They have to wash their hands first, though! 😆

  • Cat Herder
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    Oh, it would never work with our classroom sink, the thing runs all day long. lol!! I meant in the bathroom since I generally only have 1-3 potty trained kids that use that sink enrolled at a time, here.

  • Cat Herder
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    Even our mandatory "posted" charts show a picture of the paper towel dispenser you have. I just don't want to deal with the screw in my walls. They always loosen and the thing starts wiggling around and damaging the wall over tome. Then I have to yank it down, fill the holes, find a new place to put it back up. It was such a hassle with drywall. The one that sits up on the towel holder has been great, so far. Every now and again one will show up with the box crushed and I am relegated to handing them out for 6 months of so. That is also a huge PITA. LOL!

  • Blackcat31
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    My state rules say "A child's hands must be washed with soap and water when soiled, after the use of a toilet or toilet training chair, and before eating a meal or snack. The provider shall monitor and assist the child who needs help.

    Caregivers shall wash their hands with soap and water after each diaper change, after assisting a child on the toilet, after washing the diapering surface, and before food preparation. Hands must be dried on a single use towel."

    It only mentions single use paper towels for caregivers but not children. Elsewhere in my rules though it does say: "Separate towels, wash cloths, drinking cups, combs, and other personal articles must be used for each child".

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  • Blackcat31
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    I like this idea but I couldnt imagine the laundry. I have 8 kids here today. So far they've all used the bathroom (washed their hands etc) upon arrival and then used it again to wash hands again after transitioning from a.m. snack to next activity. One washed her hands because she was picking her nose repeatedly, another washed their hands because they picked something "slimey" off the front steps and two others washed their hands because they were playing with Play-doh. Oh and one washed their hands because they sneezed and got snot on their hands. lol! That would be 21+ wash cloths and it's not even lunch time yet.
    I don't know maybe it's just me but I swear someone is in the bathroom all day washing their hands so I doubt I could manage that much laundry.

  • Annalee
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    Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
    These are my regs, I think they are becoming the norm across al states soon.

    Rule Type: Core Rule Intent To prevent the spread of infection and to ensure staff and children use safe and healthy hygiene practices. Clarification According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, handwashing is the simplest and most important basic measure for preventing the spread of infection in child care facilities. Many studies have shown that unwashed or improperly washed hands are the primary carriers of infection. When children and staff wash their hands at the proper times and with the proper technique, it can drastically reduce the amount of illness in the Home. Hands and forearms should first be wet and then rubbed vigorously as they are washed with soap for at least twenty seconds using comfortably warm, running water (between 60 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit). This removes organisms such as virus-containing particles and bacteria from the skin and rinses them away. Thorough rinsing should be followed by drying hands with a single-use or disposable towel. Bar soap is often left sitting in a pool of water, especially when many people are using it frequently. A soap bar, which is always wet, is a good place for germs to grown and multiply. Since these germs could spread when others use the soap, liquid soap should be used instead. Liquid soap should be safe for children (i.e., free of a warning to “Keep out of reach of children”) and within children’s reach during handwashing activities to foster independence and allow children to practice their self-help skills. Hand sanitizer should not be used in place of soap and water handwashing. “Contamination by any other means” includes, but is not limited to, wiping children’s noses, cleaning a table, and sneezing into the hand. The use of single-use gloves is not a substitute for washing hands. For example, if a staff person wears gloves while changing diapers, that person should discard the single-use gloves and wash his/her hands after each diaper change. Handwashing requirements apply to diapered children as well as non-diapered children. If a child is asleep when he/she arrives at the Home, staff do not need to wake the child to wash his/her hands, but the child’s hands should be washed as soon as the child awakens. Caregivers should provide handwashing assistance as needed depending on each child’s developmental level. They should also teach children how to wash their hands then monitor children’s hand hygiene practices.

    Indicators ✓ Observe the handwashing practices of the staff and children. Observe whether staff remind children to wash their hands. If not observed, ask the Provider about handwashing routines. ✓ Check sink areas for liquid soap and warm running water.
    Agreed!

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  • Cat Herder
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    These are my regs, I think they are becoming the norm across al states soon.

    Rule Type: Core Rule Intent To prevent the spread of infection and to ensure staff and children use safe and healthy hygiene practices. Clarification According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, handwashing is the simplest and most important basic measure for preventing the spread of infection in child care facilities. Many studies have shown that unwashed or improperly washed hands are the primary carriers of infection. When children and staff wash their hands at the proper times and with the proper technique, it can drastically reduce the amount of illness in the Home. Hands and forearms should first be wet and then rubbed vigorously as they are washed with soap for at least twenty seconds using comfortably warm, running water (between 60 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit). This removes organisms such as virus-containing particles and bacteria from the skin and rinses them away. Thorough rinsing should be followed by drying hands with a single-use or disposable towel. Bar soap is often left sitting in a pool of water, especially when many people are using it frequently. A soap bar, which is always wet, is a good place for germs to grown and multiply. Since these germs could spread when others use the soap, liquid soap should be used instead. Liquid soap should be safe for children (i.e., free of a warning to “Keep out of reach of children”) and within children’s reach during handwashing activities to foster independence and allow children to practice their self-help skills. Hand sanitizer should not be used in place of soap and water handwashing. “Contamination by any other means” includes, but is not limited to, wiping children’s noses, cleaning a table, and sneezing into the hand. The use of single-use gloves is not a substitute for washing hands. For example, if a staff person wears gloves while changing diapers, that person should discard the single-use gloves and wash his/her hands after each diaper change. Handwashing requirements apply to diapered children as well as non-diapered children. If a child is asleep when he/she arrives at the Home, staff do not need to wake the child to wash his/her hands, but the child’s hands should be washed as soon as the child awakens. Caregivers should provide handwashing assistance as needed depending on each child’s developmental level. They should also teach children how to wash their hands then monitor children’s hand hygiene practices.

    Indicators ✓ Observe the handwashing practices of the staff and children. Observe whether staff remind children to wash their hands. If not observed, ask the Provider about handwashing routines. ✓ Check sink areas for liquid soap and warm running water.

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  • Cat Herder
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    I really like that idea and may use that if the price of paper keeps going up. It is a health and safety violation here to ever have the kids use the same towel. Not just QRIS, Core licensing rules.

  • SignMeUp
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    Originally posted by Rockgirl View Post
    I have a basket on the bathroom counter with a big stack of cotton washcloths I buy in bundles at Walmart. After a child washes hands, they take the top washcloth, dry their hands in it, and toss it into a basket under the counter. When the stack starts running low, I wash the used ones.
    That's what I've done for many years. Now my licensor says that used washcloths have to be treated the same as garbage so I have to use a can with a lid for the used washcloths. Oh well, since the pandemic began I went to touchless soap dispensers and paper towels.

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  • Rockgirl
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    I have a basket on the bathroom counter with a big stack of cotton washcloths I buy in bundles at Walmart. After a child washes hands, they take the top washcloth, dry their hands in it, and toss it into a basket under the counter. When the stack starts running low, I wash the used ones.

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  • Alwaysgreener
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    That's funny, I never thought about hand washing that way. So you we're told to wash your hands first and then dck hands and then yours again, then repeating this with each kid?
    I wonder what they'd say about my process. I put soap on the kids hands, then soap on my hands rub my hands and rub their hands at the same time, (modeling how to wash hands) and then rinse.

  • Alwaysgreener
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    I know your States QRIS is farther evolved then ours. I am thankful for that.
    Gemma and I are in the same state. So I was referring to our state rules definition wording states "best practice". If our rules required me to use single-use towels, I would. And at this time our qris doesn't haven't on a list of things to do to get points if it did it would be an easy point and I would take it. When I opened I was like brush the kids teeth, no. But then it was on qris and I got points so I did it. (Currently the state is not recommending that we brush teeth so I have stopped for the pandemic but the kids keep asking to. I might have to start up again) ---
    Last edited by Alwaysgreener; 06-24-2021, 08:12 AM.

  • Annalee
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    I tried the cheap from LTD commodities soap dispenser.....useless for kids! LOL

  • Blackcat31
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    I also have a "commercial" type paper towel dispense with tri-fold paper towels from Sam's Club. It was actually really cheap. I think I paid $24 for the dispenser and the box of paper towels usually runs about $25-30 but it lasts for months! I love it! Best investment I've made in a long time. I also bought a commercial handsoap dispenser thinking it would be easy and convenient but darn if the kids can use it with out making a mess..... Grrr! lol!

  • Annalee
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    Alwaysgreener, yes it is a QRIS assessment area where I am discounted points. Best practice does not trump assessment guidelines. I have 5 state entities that inspect my program, so no same-towel for me!

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