Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy
What do you
use if you're out & about and need to wash hands before eating (or do you just take her to the bathroom)? Maybe you could just give her a box of wipes/sanitizer/whatever you feel is acceptable and ask her to clean your kid's hands before she eats. I think if you focus on your own kid & not hers, you can definitely politely say that you want her hands washed, though I wouldn't expect her to wash the other kids' hands (if that's a concern for you).
Older dd and I just use hand sanitizer. But I wouldn't want to use that with 17 month old dd, since she is still putting her hands in her mouth. I guess I will look for some wipes that she could keep by her door to the back yard.
Originally Posted by SilverFish
honestly, it depends. if this is a small, informal home daycare (unlicensed, etc) then i wouldn't be surprised that they don't. at home we don't wash our hands before and after every little thing, but at our daycare, they have a pretty rigid routine for the day, and that includes plenty of handwashing. when you've got 5 kids per teacher, you need to have that, just to keep things sanitary and organized.
you can definitely say something though. i would word it to be specifically about your child, i.e you are trying to teach good sanitary habits, and you would like if she could make a point to wash your child's hands before meals and after pottying, or you're concerned about her getting sick, etc. just say what you would like to happen for your own child, and chances are it'll bleed over onto the other kids. i'm guessing you're using this daycare because she can be flexible about your child's care, so hopefully she'll adopt a more structured handwashing routine.
It is a very small home daycare, she is licensed. It is her daughter 16 months old, a 2 year old girl, and a 2 year old boy. But all of them don't go everyday. Like Mondays she just has the 2 year old and her daughter. That is going to be one of the days that dd is going, so 3 total. This was what I was looking for actually, small numbers. Enough that dd can be around other kids besides 5 year old dd.
And the woman is very kind and has sort of a waldorf theme and has been a nanny for many years and has a early childhood ed bachelors degree and she genuinely loves little kids and she's ok with extended breastfeeding, feeds organic foods, ok with no vax.
The first daycare I was interested (the woman was way crunchy waldorfy homeschooling mama) had so many kids, probably the max she could have. I liked it, but could not get beyond her numbers. Also, I heard that kids in her daycare were constantly sick. That kinda put me off too.
I really wasn't a washy washy hands type of person until my dd started preschool and then the sickies came. Ya know once you all have the stomach flu one right after another, it is not fun.
The daycare lady has just one kid and maybe she hasn't had to deal with any great sicknesses roundabout yet. I don't know....sure made me think twice.