Why it’s important for educators to create healthy hygiene habits in children

Why it’s important for educators to create healthy hygiene habits in children

School classrooms are “a breeding ground for bacteria and germs”

It is vitally important that children are taught when and how to wash their hands effectively. This is something that should begin in a home environment – and which should be reinforced in the school classroom, according to a recent article on the Birmingham Times website.

Author Alicia Rohan reveals the significance of teaching hand washing at an age when kids are receptive to good advice.

“Teaching children about the flu and other contagious diseases starts at home but should continue at school as well.”

She quotes Jennifer Ponder, Ph.D, the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama at Birmingham as saying that in order for children to do well at school, they need to be both healthy and in attendance, so “…starting good hygiene early on will increase their chances of success.”

“Finding ways to incorporate hygiene and the flu into your lesson plan makes learning fun and will resonate with younger children more.”

The article also refers to an educational resource that has been provided by the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA, called Teaching Children About the Flu which has been made available as a free download.

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How to teach children how to wash their hands properly – wherever they are!

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.