“Children need to be encouraged to wash their hands by being shown how to do it properly…”

“Children need to be encouraged to wash their hands by being shown how to do it properly…”

Soap and water – not gels – helps safeguard kids during outdoor activities

As the summer gets nearer and the weather improves, many children will be out and about more frequently at anything from barbecues to pet farms visits – and it’s vitally important that they are taught how to wash their hands properly, according to a recent article on the Rochdale Online website.

Good hand hygiene is essential for all – but small children should be supervised and taught the importance and techniques of effective hand washing and when to undertake it says the report.

“Wash your hands regularly – handwashing is especially important after going to the toilet, before preparing or consuming any food or drink and after outdoor activities like visits to the park, farms or contact with animals.”

Why soap and water?

The answer is quite simple, according to Rochdale Online. So-called hygienic hand gels aren’t always effective – particularly in a farm visit environment – soap soap and water washing should always be the preferred method.

“Hand gels and wipes don’t remove the germs found on farms so always wash your hands with soap and water.

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How to wash your hands

Here’s TEAL’s fun video, showing you how to undertake a really effective hand wash. Teach it to the kids!


Free EYFS downloads for preschool, nursery

There is a number of PDF documents that will help to educate and entertain the children in your care: they all have a hand washing theme. They are free to use and distribute for everyone.

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Teach hand washing to children – with a portable unit that goes anywhere they do!

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. A Kiddiwash Xtra or KiddiSynk portable hand washing sink can be positioned right next to the sand pit – helping to ensure that children dramatically reduce the risk of infection as they finish play.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands whether inside or out.