Sensory Play Tables
A sensory play table is a fun activity for children; however, this activity can be a source for spreading infections from one child to another. Sensory play tables that are filled with sand, water or food, for indoor play are permitted, providing the following requirements are met:
- Purchase sand from a supplier such as a garden centre or toy store. Soil from places such as the garden is not permitted.
- Use only dry food materials in play tables. If the food material becomes wet, it must be discarded.
- Use potable water (chlorinated or municipal) for water play.
- Discard and replace sand, water or food contaminated with human waste.
- Clean area beneath the play table daily. Discard any material that is spilled on the floor. Do not collect it and return it to the sensory play table.
- Discontinue the use of sensory play tables during an outbreak of communicable disease as it may be a potential source for disease transmission.
- In the event of a rodent or insect infestation, terminate the use of food in sensory play tables immediately.
- Ensure that children and staff thoroughly wash their hands before and after using a sensory play table.
- Ensure that sensory play tables are properly covered when not in use.
- Ensure that the dry food items used in the sensory play table are kept no longer than a week and then discarded.
- Empty or drain water play tables after each play session. Clean, disinfect and leave empty until next use.
- Ensure that all toys used in the sensory play tables are cleaned and disinfected at least weekly or more often if required. All toys used in the water play tables must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
- Clean and disinfect sensory play tables on a weekly basis or more often as required.