Keeping it Clean – Techniques for Sanitizing and Disinfecting – (3hrs)

Keeping it Clean – Techniques for Sanitizing and Disinfecting - Curriculum - 3 Credit Hours

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Sneezing, coughing, drooling, toileting…yes, it’s a constant occurrence in a child care environment. Young children have their hands on everything and often put things in their mouths – they are great at spreading germs. Whether it be on counters and tabletops or on toys, many germs and viruses are running rampant through daycare and preschools. There is no doubt that keeping materials, surfaces and equipment sanitized should be a priority in any childcare setting. Keeping the child care environment clean is vital for the health and well-being of both children and providers.

Germs are everywhere and it would be silly for us to think that we can eliminate them entirely. However, this course will provide you with practical techniques for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting your childcare environment in an effort to greatly reduce the risk of illness.

In this class you will be asked to read a series of articles regarding safe cleaning and sanitizing techniques. After each article you will take a quiz on the material that you read. Don’t worry, these quizzes are to help you identify the important elements of what you have read. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish by clicking on the “Restart Quiz” button. Once you feel comfortable with the material, click on the “Return to Class” button and to move forward and read the next article. At the end of the class, you will take a final test consisting of the questions you have answered along the way. You must receive an 80% score to earn your certificate. Once again, you can take the test as many times as needed to pass by clicking on “Restart Quiz”. Once you have passed the test, a certificate will appear. Click on "Download Certificate" and then print the certificate from the download. Please complete the class survey so we know how we are doing and what we can do to make your experience better. A record of completion of the class will be kept in your user account along with a copy of the certificate. You may reprint your certificate at any time upon completion of the class.

Section 1

To begin, please click on the following button and read the article “Sanitize Safely and Effectively: Bleach and Alternatives in Child Care Program” by California Childcare Health Program, a program of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing.

Now take the Quiz by clicking the button below:

Section 2

Now let’s dive deeper into applying cleaning techniques to improve the cleanliness of your childcare environment. Click the following button to read the article “Cleaning and Sanitizing” prepared by Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Now take the quiz by clicking the link below.

Section 3

Toys get saturated with germs. It’s crucial that toys are cleaned properly in day care and preschool environments to effectively reduce illness. Click the following button to watch the video entitled “Disinfecting Surfaces and Toys with the Four Step Process”.

Now take the quiz by clicking the button below.

Final Exam

Now that you have completed the material, click on the following button to take the final exam. You must receive an 80% grade to pass the class. Don’t worry; you may take the test as many times as needed to receive 80% by clicking on the "Restart Quiz" button. WHEN YOU PASS THE TEST, A CERTIFICATE WILL APPEAR. CLICK ON “DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATE” AND THEN PRINT IT.


Thank you for taking the class “Keeping it Clean – Techniques for Sanitizing and Disinfecting” from The Childcare Classroom. Please complete the following survey so we can continue to improve our curriculum and improve your experience.