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Housekeeping in Childcare Safety Talk

Housekeeping in Childcare Safety Talk

Maintaining a clean and orderly work environment helps to prevent accidents, injuries and illnesses, including childcare facilities. It can also assist in creating a positive work environment for employees.

Let us cover some best practices regarding good housekeeping procedures:

Daily responsibilities:

  • Cleaning classrooms, equipment, and restrooms
  • Keeping classrooms neat and tidy
  • Any spill should be cleaned up immediately
  • Sweep floors after meals, snacks, and as needed throughout the day
  • Keep floors neat and tidy, free of debris or items that might cause a slip, trip or fall
  • Keep chairs pushed in and other furniture in its proper place to prevents tripping hazards

Weekly (and as necessary) responsibilities:

  • Vacuum carpeting and mats
  • Wipe down nap mats or cots
  • Sanitizing linens and sheets
  • Wipe down classroom tables and chairs

Responsibilities specific to kitchen operations:

  • Clean cupboards and drawers at least monthly
  • Wipe down cupboard doors at least monthly
  • Clean open shelving monthly
  • Clean the refrigerator weekly and dispose of expired food or leftovers
  • Disinfect surfaces daily
  • Sweep floors throughout the day
  • Mop daily

Everyone plays a part in housekeeping for their assigned work area. Ensuring employees understand their individual responsibilities helps to break up the tasks and make good housekeeping achievable. A clean workplace is a safe workplace.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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