There’s no doubt about it that schools can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Children spend a lot of time in close proximity to other pupils, both while learning in the classroom and when having fun out in the playground, which makes spreading colds and viruses more likely.
There are some simple and effective measures that can be put in place in the classroom, though, that encourage positive habits for children to adopt.
One of the biggest challenges is getting children to engage with the idea of caring about their day-to-day hygiene and cleanliness. Taking the approach of making the subject as ‘fun’ as possible, combined with rewards, can encourage them to take practical steps.
The vibrant and friendly characters and messages promote good school hygiene for children that brings the often clinical subject matter down to a relatable level.
Keeping clean with handwashing posters
Among the most essential practices for good personal hygiene is washing your hands thoroughly and often.
Handwashing posters come in a variety of designs and are a great way to promote this message. For example, there are those that provide step-by-step instructions for influencing the most effective methods, and simple awareness posters encapsulated for use in wet areas such as bathrooms.
We also stock guides focused on the proper behaviour for catching coughs and sneezes. The use of tissues rather than a hand or sleeve will go some way to reduce the spread of germs on classroom surfaces.
The guidelines found on these materials are backed up by official advice by Public Health England. For a cough or sneeze: catch it with a tissue, bin it, and then kill any germs by washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
Children should be encouraged to wash their hands particularly: after sports activities, before and after eating, after using the toilet, before leaving home and upon arriving at school.
Healthy Lifestyle Rewards
We all know that a healthy diet can help prevent us from catching a nasty case of the sniffles. Should we get one, it can of course also work to reduce the recovery time needed through strengthening our immune system.
Choosing fruits and vegetables over unhealthy snacks will however not be high on the agenda for most children. It’s important that they have the freedom to choose their own snacks, but providing guidance to healthier choices is key.
Rewarding these healthier choices and the benefits they bring can have a positive influence on students both in and out of the classroom. We have a colourful range of healthy eating and lifestyle stickers that do just that.
Positive Long-Term Habits
There are rewards for long term goals too. Award charts track healthy eating choices and can offer an incentive for the whole class to maintain their progress.
Some children come prepared with fruit in their packed lunch only to leave these items untouched. To tackle this, we have snazzy empty lunchbox stickers and clean plate rewards to encourage them to complete their balanced meal each day.
For further advice and guidance on promoting good hygiene for children in schools, don’t hesitate to get in touch.