Cleanliness and good hygiene standards are important to help to prevent infection and the spread of disease in an early years provision. This is critical if diseases such as E.coli, Norovirus or the spread of coughs, colds and influenza are to be avoided.

Related information can be found in the topics on Illnesses and Injuries, Food Safety and Cleaning.

Employers' Duties

The duties of the early years provider are to:

  • ensure that early years premises are kept clean and hygienic at all times

  • put in place a cleaning schedule that will meet the needs of the provision

  • employ or contract cleaning staff with appropriate training, equipment and skills for the duties involved

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