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ATTN! ERSI Updates Diapering/Handwashing Procedures

Since its inception, BrightStars has utilized the Environment Rating Scales to measure quality within the “Learning Environment” standard of the BrightStars Framework. ERSI, the organization that authors the tool, often releases updated information that modifies the way BrightStars conducts its observations.

Click here for more information about updated diapering and handwashing procedures.

Most notably, the diapering procedure now requires the use of paper lining when changing children. This was previously optional. Best practice is for paper to begin at children’s shoulders and continue to their feet.

For hand washing, paper towels are no longer required to turn off faucets after handwashing is complete. Providers may also turn off faucets while scrubbing their hands for 30 seconds in order to save water. This step is optional. We’re happy to share these updated tips ahead of the new school year, so your new group of kiddos can learn the modified method in your classroom. Happy hand-washing!

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