World Hand Hygiene Day 2022

World Hand Hygiene Day takes place this year on Thursday 5 May with the theme 'Unite for safety: clean your hands'.

e-Bug resources support students to learn about microbes, infection prevention and control, antibiotics and vaccination. Each lesson plan is mapped to the national curriculum and includes activities, handouts, worksheets and adaptable content.

Early years - hand hygiene

Schools and settings are a haven for potentially harmful microbes that can spread rapidly. Our skin naturally secretes oil which helps to keep our skin moist, but this is a perfect place for microbes to grow and multiply and helps microbes ‘stick’ to our skin. Our hands can easily pick up harmful microbes from our surroundings, surfaces and even through the air. These harmful microbes can spread quickly and easily from child-to-child via touch and can make us poorly if swallowed.

Washing your hands is one of the best ways to stop harmful microbes from spreading and prevent us from becoming sick.

This lesson plan supports you to educate children on why respiratory hygiene matters and how to practice it.

Learning outcomes

Children will understand:

  • That we wash hands to remove germs
  • The sequencing of hand washing and nose blowing
  • How to blow their nose to minimise the risk of transmission of infection

Activities include:

  • Main activity: Balloon Hands
  • Extension activities:
  • Hand Washing and Nose Blowing Flashcards
  • Picture Sequencing Activity
  • Hand Washing Chart

Early Years Framework:

  • Communication and language development: Listening and attention
  • Understanding, Speaking
  • Physical development: Health and self-care
  • Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials