Play Table


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.

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the period from birth to age six, for that is the time when man's intelligence itself is being formed. At no other age has the child a greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen his chance of achieving perfection

Water Play Tables


Water play tables are fun for children, but they can be a way that infections are spread from one child to another.  The following procedures are recommended:

  • Fill with fresh municipal water daily.
  • Staff and children must wash their hands before and after using the water play table.
  • Children that have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting and have not yet been sent home should not be allowed to use the water play table.
  • Do not use water play tables during an outbreak of communicable disease.
  • Empty or drain water play tables after each play session and then disinfect. Leave empty until next use.
  • All toys used in the water play table should be cleaned and disinfected after each use, or more frequently if necessary.


Toiletry and Personal Items


  • Ensure that each child from Toddlers to Casa has his/her own toothbrush, toothpaste, and cup. Label each of these items with the child’s name.
  • Store toothbrushes & tooth paste in child’s cup with a protective toothbrush cap.
  • A conscious effort must be made to ensure that personal items are not shared.
  • Ensure that children’s hats, coats, etc. are stored separately and that the hook or cubby used for the storage of these items is clearly labelled with the child’s name.

Cribs, Crib Mattresses, Sleeping Cots and Mats


  • All crib mattresses, sleeping cots and mats must be smooth, non-absorbent and easily cleanable.
  • All crib mattresses, sleeping cots and mats should be provided with a secured, protective sheet.
  • Each crib, cot or mat will be labeled with the child’s name.
  • If children wear their shoes during nap time, it is recommended that cots be labelled with the child’s name on only one side. This will ensure that the child’s head is always kept on the labelled side
  • Crib mattresses, cots and mats that are designated for each child, must be cleaned and disinfected weekly and immediately after being soiled by a child.
  • All linen must be washed once per week.
  • Ensure that all sleeping cots and mats are stored in a sanitary manner. For safety reasons, this storage area should be away from play areas.
  • In an outbreak situation, all cots, mattresses, mats and linens must be cleaned and disinfected more frequently.


Cozy Time Montessori Academy’s philosophy incorporates our program mission statement through the implementation of the educational philosophy and academic approach of Dr. Maria Montessori. Each child is recognized as an individual, with varying abilities, needs and interests.


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