Bottle Cleaning and Sterilisation Policy


To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all children through effective hygiene practices which are promoted by recognised authorities.


Effective bottle cleaning and sterilisation practices are an important contribution to maintaining service hygiene and preventing the spread of infectious disease. Germs can live and reproduce in food and beverages if appropriate food preparation and hygiene practices are not implemented.

Educator Responsibilities

To ensure all bottles used at the service are clean and hygienic, educators will implement the Bottle Cleaning Procedure to clean milk and water bottles at the service.

Educators will also implement the Bottle Sterilisation Procedure for babies up to 12 months old.

Nominated Supervisor Responsibilities

The Nominated Supervisor will ensure the Bottle Cleaning Procedure and Bottle Sterilisation Procedure are displayed where bottles are cleaned and sterilised.

The Nominated Supervisor will ensure the Bottle Cleaning Procedure is displayed where bottles are cleaned.

Related Policies

Food, Nutrition and Beverage Policy
Hygiene Policy

National Quality Standard

2.1.1 Health – Each child’s health and physical activity is supported and promoted

2.1.2 Health practices and procedures – Effective illness and injury management and hygiene practices are promoted and implemented.

2.2.1 Supervision – At all times, reasonable precautions and adequate supervision ensure children are protected from harm and hazard.

Education and Care Services National Regulations
77 Health, hygiene and safe food practices

78 Food and beverages

79 Service providing food and beverages

Early Years Learning Framework

Learning Outcome 3

Promote continuity of children’s personal health and hygiene by sharing ownership of routines and schedules with children, families and the community.


Food Standards Code
Safe Food Australia Guide to Food Safety Standards 3rd Edition

Sterilising bottles, teats and dummies Qld Health

Bottle feeding – nutrition and safety: BetterHealth Vic

Bottle Feeding -cleaning and sterilising equipment: Raising Children Network


Procedure – Bottle Cleaning

Procedure – Bottle Sterilisation


The policy will be reviewed annually by the Approved Provider, Supervisors, Employees, Families and any committee members.

Reviewed : 10-20-2021
Date for next review : 10-20-2022