Educational settings provide an ideal environment in which to communicate with children about the importance of personal hygiene and motivate them to share handwashing-promotion messages with their friends and families.
Schools and nurseries can participate in Global Handwashing Day by organising handwashing-related activities such as classroom games, lessons and assemblies.
Global Handwashing Day UK partners have compiled a variety of resources for use in pre-schools/ nurseries and primary schools, providing guidelines, ideas and inspiration, not only for Global Handwashing Day, but for hygiene promotion throughout the year.
The resources in this section have been developed in association with teaching and healthcare professionals and are in line with the following educational frameworks:
- The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYSF)
- The National Curriculum for England - Key Stages 1 and 2
- The Scottish Government’s 3 to 5 and 5 to 14 curricula
- The Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum
- The Welsh National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2
The resources below can be used not only to promote handwashing, but also to develop literacy, numeracy, problem solving and creative skills.
Oliver Odd Socks story (Hygiene4Health)
Oliver Odd Socks story - colouring in template (Hygiene4Health)
Captain Handwash - colouring in template (Hygiene4Health)
Class hand wash counting table (Kiddiwash)
Pupils’ hand wash counting table (Kiddiwash)
Hand washing play (Kiddiwash)
Why we wash our hands – colouring in template (Kiddiwash)
Stop the dirty germs – colouring in template (Kiddiwash)
To access more school and nursery materials for Global Handwashing Day or handwashing promotion throughout the year, please visit the following websites: