Out of school clubs must provide sufficient hand washing facilities says revised Guidance

Out of school clubs must provide sufficient hand washing facilities says revised Guidance

A 20 second soap and water wash is essential after toilet use

New UK government COVID-19 guidance has been released for out of school providers and staff, and as expected, hand washing and the provision of hand washing facilities is given a very high priority.

Anyone involved with breakfast and after school and holiday clubs, tuition and community activities, or is registered with Ofsted – in short all types of early years providers – needs to have a vigorous approach to hand hygiene says the Guidance, with the entire community being encouraged to “…clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.”

“Consider how often children and staff will need to wash their hands and incorporate time in for this.”

Hand washing where it’s needed

For effective hand hygiene activities to regularly take place, the facilities must be available at the point of need, so it’s essential that sufficient hand washing stations must be easily accessible.

Managing toilet use is most important says the Guidance, with numbers being carefully limited at all times. Hand hygiene actions in these instances must not involve sanitisers, but rather soap and water – and by using appropriate techniques for the requisite amount of time.

“…encourage children to wash their hands thoroughly, with soap and water for 20 seconds, after using the toilet.”

Similarly, if anyone at the facility has COVID-19 symptoms washing will be crucial.

“Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who has symptoms.”

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak »

Portable hand wash units for children can be used both indoors and out

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.

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