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The importance of educating kids about hygiene and disease prevention

Posted on: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

When it comes to teaching young children in schools, it is important to maintain an environment that is hygienic and free of anything that may cause illness or endanger them in any way.

After all, a clean and healthy environment is one in which pupils are less likely to get sick and take days off as a result.

Furthermore, it also gives teachers and other staff members a safe and hygienic place to work in.

However, a big part of the equation is teaching children principles of good hygiene. This will not only help to cut illnesses, it will also help to ensure that daily maintenance rules are clearly understood and followed by all.

While this may all seem fairly obvious, what is not so clear is exactly how to go about teaching children these principles.

This is an area where many will differ in terms of what they think the best approach may be. Although there is no right or wrong way, we have outlined some of the main principles below.

Lessons

The easiest way to teach children about good hygiene is to design a  lesson plan that is interactive, engaging and informative.

Ideally, teachers should utilise a mix of theoretical and practical scenarios in order to drive home the message.

In order to really engage the children, a mixture of teamwork, creative exercises and textbook study could be used.

Cleaning

The key to good hygiene and germ reduction is in maintaining a clean environment. Of course, this should be included in any lessons given to children, but the classroom environment should also demonstrate these principles.

After all, if the classroom and school itself is untidy or messy, then this does not set a good example for the children.

Therefore, every effort should be made to ensure that the environment is regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Children should also be taught why cleaning is important.

Handwashing

Handwashing is really the key to tackling the spread of bacteria. Not only should this be emphasised in schools, with information of where and when to wash hands, children should also be taught how.

A number of past studies have highlighted this as one of the reasons why many adults fail to wash their hands properly, so therefore, people should be taught the correct method to instill good habits early on.

Disinfecting

There are a number of ways to disinfect surfaces in a clean and effective way. All of these should be included within any lesson plan and of course,highhyphcontact surfaces should be regularly sanitised within the school environment.