Handwashing “at the top of the priority list” for children in schools

Handwashing “at the top of the priority list” for children in schools

Teachers working hard to settle kids into the “new normal” whilst keeping up their education

Teachers across the country are battling hard as young children return to preschools and nurseries, attempting to reassure them and keep anxieties to a minimum – and at the same time keep an educational focus.

There is of course a very pressing need for a focus on a topic that, though previously important, has now become a “classroom fundamental”, according to a recent report on the Teachwire website.


The article offers a number of helpful tips from Hope Education, design to make handwashing learning activities as fun and stress-free as possible. And it is very important to lead with a strong routine.

“While we all hope every child is following fantastic hand hygiene at home, it can be the case that the example led at home is of varying success!”

Children should be encouraged to “wash hands first” before eating (and after), when coming in from outside, after using the toilet and after sneezing, for example. And the NHS Hand Washing song (shown below) is cited as an excellent way of getting the message across.


Free EYFS downloads with a hand washing theme for preschool and nursery »


How to teach children effective hand washing techniques

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.

Handwashing teaching can be more effective with a song