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Hand washing

Washing hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses such as colds, sickness or diarrhoea.

What are germs?

  • Living things that do not always smell and cannot always be seen
  • Some are helpful, some are harmful.

Where can germs be found?

  • They are everywhere; pets, air, food, surfaces, door handles, flush handles.

How can you get rid of germs?

  • Wash our hands using warm water and soap
  • Use tissue to blow noses and put tissue in bin
  • Don’t touch your face and put fingers into mouth.

When do you need to wash hands?

  • Before eating and drinking
  • After using the toilet
  • Before helping in kitchen/cooking
  • After blowing noses/coughing/sneezing
  • When your hands are visibly dirty
  • After touching pets
  • After playing outside.

Singing the Handwashing Song can help your child wash their hands properly.

Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands
(To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here (with hand motion scrubbing together)
Scrub them there (with hand motion scrubbing top of hands)
And scrub them in between (with hand motion scrubbing between fingers).
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean
Scrub your thumbs
Scrub your wrists
Germs go down the drain.