Childcare centers will now be governed under very strict hygiene rules and with this new guideline, children will no longer be allowed to blow out candles on a communal birthday cake.
According to the new rules, children celebrating their birthday will need to bring a separate cake with a candle on it, to protect against germs being spread when blowing it out.
The new rules also mean that staff at daycare must ensure that floors cushion covers, door knobs and wash toys, be washed everyday to prevent the spread of germs. The NHMRC also wants childcare centers to take a tough stance with insistent parents who are stubborn to send their sick child to daycare with a medical certificate.
"If somebody sneezes on a cake, I probably don't want to eat it either, but if you're blowing out candles, how many organisms are transferred to a communal cake, for goodness sake?"
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis said, "We introduced new national standards to lift the quality of child care across Australia because we believe parents deserve peace of mind when they drop their child off they are receiving quality care to a high standard. The new guide will help providers meet the National Quality Framework by keeping kids healthy and improving childcare services."