One important feature of a qualified childcare provider's facility is cleanliness. When touring daycare centers and family daycare homes, observe whether the floors appear swept and mopped or vacuumed. For uncarpeted surfaces, check corners to see the level of attention to detail the provider gives. Two areas you'll want to pay special attention to are the kitchen and bathrooms. These areas are frequently used, so germs and bacteria can thrive here. Most daycare centers use commercial products to cleanse and sanitize. Family care homes will probably use the same or similar products you use for your home. All surfaces can be disinfected with a mixture of a tablespoon of bleach for every quart of water. Cool water is fine for this procedure, and the brand of bleach isn't important. The solution should be mixed daily, as it will weaken overnight. How often an item should be sanitized varies depending on use. Surfaces can be sprayed or dipped into the bleach mixture, depending on size. After using a bleach solution, objects should be allowed to air dry. Rinsing isn't required, but may be done if caregivers suspect children will place items in their mouths. Some states require childcare centers to sanitize potty chairs, cribs, and cooking surfaces after use.
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