3.1. The role of the early years practitioners are important to be followed in the correct way of hand washing, food hygiene, dealing with spillages safely, safe disposable waste and using the correct personal protective equipment. It is important the practitioner do these in the correct way to stop from cross infection. “A particular concern for early years setting is that young children often lack basic hygiene skills and must rely on others for their care.” (Meggitt & Bruce 2014 P 50)   Below are the ways a practitioner should carry out their role.
Hand washing:
It is important to wash your hands with soap to prevent from cross infection as infections are very common in an early years setting.
To stop from spreading infection the practitioner role is to make sure they wash their hands before and after they do anything when caring for children. Before doing anything the practitioner should wash their hands when they enter the nursery, preparing food, when eating, putting a plaster on to a child or giving medicines.
A staff member should also was their hands after caring for children such as when handling raw foods, after finish toilet, coughing or sneezing, touching your hair or face, playing outside, touching rubbish, changing nappies, caring for someone who is ill and smoking.
Food hygiene:
The role of the practitioner should make sure all food are safe for children and making sure to remind them to wash their hands before eating and why you should. As children copy from elders and remember fast.
When handling food to children all staffs should keep themselves clean such as wearing plastic gloves and hat. They should also wash food before giving it to the children to prevent from poisoning. The staff should also supervise children at snack and lunch time to make sure they are eating the right way such as knife and fork.
Dealing with spillages safely:
This is a very important role for the practitioner to keep all children safe in the...