Even before the prospect of pandemic Coronavirus came to be, early years settings have always been vulnerable to diseases spreading quickly amongst children and staff, impacting both individuals' wellbeing, and business operations.
Trying to prevent the spread of infection in a nursery or other childcare setting is extremely difficult. In addition to all of the usual "infection hotspots" like door handles, light switches, shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, childcare businesses also have toys, bedding, soft furnishing and dozens of children to contend with as well!
Many of the conventional approaches to sterilising potential infection transmission areas simply aren't feasible in early years settings:
- "Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or face"; small children explore the world with their hands, and often their mouths. The first thing a baby will do with a new object is put it in their mouth. Children also love to stroke a familiar adult's hair, touch their face or kiss their cheek.
- "Wash your hands more often than usual"; in anything larger than the smallest childcare settings, the process of washing hands is a major undertaking. To get all the children through, washing each person's hands properly for 20 seconds each could take half an hour or more. Without spending all day continually washing hands, it isn't practical to do it often enough.
- "Sterilise all surfaces which may be holding germs"; early years settings have hundreds of different surfaces including paper/cardboard books, cushions & blankets, plastic toys, wooden toys, wooden furniture, carpets, door handles, light switches and more. It is not possible to spray each toy with sanitizer, nor can every item of fabric in the setting be put through a boil-wash each day.
- "Use an alcohol gel to sanitize your hands"; hand sanitizers of this nature are not appropriate for young hands, with sensitive skin.
To make matters more challenging still, supplies of the chemicals needed to sterilise objects and surfaces are in very short supply, leaving many early years settings without the stock they need.
A technical solution
Luckily, there is an exciting new technological solution. Ultraviolet light is invisible to the naked eye, but is able to destroy the DNA at the heart of bacteria, viruses and Coronavirus, killing them instantly. Simply passing a suitable UV lamp over a surface will render it sterile, and disease free.
These exciting new products represent a great solution for childcare businesses. Staff can quickly pass a UV lamp over a changing mat, rugs, cushions, beds, bathrooms and tables to ensure they are Coronavirus-free. Cleaning staff can also use these tools to clean door handles, light switches and other transmission "hot-spots", even when they aren't able to get hold of disinfectant spray.
Stock of these products are still available, but are likely to be run down quickly as this new technology becomes more popular. Learn more, and order a Anti-Viral UV Lamp to protect your setting now - click here.