Outline hygienic practice when: preparing formula feeds, sterilising equipment

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 1.3: Support physical care routines for children
Learning outcome: Understand hygienic practice in preparing formula feeds
Assessment criteria: Outline hygienic practice when: preparing formula feeds, sterilising equipment

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In this section, we will be looking at the hygienic practices that should be observed when preparing formula feeds and sterilising equipment. These are general practices, and so the specific procedures will vary between settings – it is essential that you are familiar with the policies and procedures relating to these tasks within your own organisation.

Preparing formula feeds

Always wash your hands thoroughly when preparing formula feeds and use sterilised bottles and teats. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure you use the correct measurements.

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Prepare feeds one at a time, as required, using freshly boiled water from the tap (not reboiled water). Let the feed cool for no more than 30 minutes and test that it is not too hot before beginning the feed.

Sterilising equipment

To sterilise equipment, wash hands and clean bottles in hot, soapy water as soon as possible after feeds. Use a bottle brush and teat brush to clean them thoroughly, then rinse before sterilising. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your steriliser carefully. If possible, leave bottles in the steriliser until you are ready to use them.

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Assemble bottles on a sterile surface when you are ready to feed your baby.

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