Everyday we come into contact with millions of outside germs and viruses.

They linger on your body and in some cases, they make us sick. 

Good personal hygiene practices can help to prevent illnesses and the spread the disease. However good hygiene practices do more than protect children from the threat of germs. It also gives children the independence and confidence to make well informed decisions about their health as well as building better self-awareness and esteem.

Parent’s, caregivers, peers and teachers can all influence the way in which children approach personal hygiene, which will stay with them for life.

Resources for Schools on Hygiene


e-Bug is a free educational resource for classroom and home use and makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all students.  

Hand washing

Bracknell Forest Council is offering Primary Schools a free handwashing session for children. Schools will receive a  UV light box and UV responsive cream to deliver an interactive session. To request a lesson contract philippa.collings@westberks.gov.uk

Health protection

Micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi are everywhere. They commonly do not cause infection, however some do resulting in symptoms such as fever and sickness. Schools and nurseries are common sites for transmission of infections. This is because a child’s immune system is immature, and they often lack good hygiene habits.

Many diseases can spread before the individual shows any symptoms at all. Infection prevention and control measures can interrupt the cycle of infection by promoting a routine of good standards of hygiene so that transmission is reduced. Where a case of infection is known, measures aim to reduce or eliminate the risk of spreading.

Smiling Girls

Thames Valley health protection Team

0344 225 3861

Health protection in schools

A practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious disease in schools and other childcare settings

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