Facilities provided by an ideal creche
A creche should fulfil all the above needs of the small children. Well-organised creches also have the facility of medical check ups for the small children.
Feeding of children : Very small children are fed by the staff of the creche. All possible care is taken to observe the rules of hygiene while feeding these children.
The milk/food is fed to the child at appropriate time and temperature.
Older children are made to wash their hands before and after the meal timings.
They are made to sit and eat in company. This is how they learn the table manners.
Keeping the child clean. Creches will have certain number of children who are toilet trained. Hence special care is taken to keep these children clean and dry.
Children should be encouraged to relieve themselves. They should learn to keep toilet clean and also wash their hands with soap and water.
Providing the child with rest and sleeping facilities : Little children need to sleep and rest a while in a comfortable bed. The creche should provide individual care to small babies. Older children can make use of floor mats to sleep on. Little children enjoy having their own small pillow and small toy to sleep with.
Toys for playing help the children to play in a happy atmosphere. There should be toys to suit the children of different ages. Some useful appliances help child to exercise and explore his/her environment. Walkers, tricycles, small monkey-ladders etc. can be kept in small barricaded play area in the creche.
Clean and safe creche environment ensures safety of little children against diseases and accidents. Trained and healthy staff are the strength of every efficient creche.
Medical and first aid facilities should be available in each creche. Wherever needed skilled nursing staff could help in emergencies. Availability of a doctor once in a fortnight/month is an added health promotional requirement of a good creche. A first aid kit should be available at each creche.
Some large organisations are extending the creche facilities to the children of their own employees only.