Encouraging hand washing
Keeping children healthy is an important goal of any child care programme and whilst teaching good washroom habits can be a tricky task, washing hands carefully and thoroughly can help children reduce the risk of circulating germs and illnesses.
Encouraging hand washing has been a part of educating children for some years now, but how successful is this task of getting the little ones to actually wash their hands properly? Studies show that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly. What’s even worse is that 33% didn’t use soap and 10% didn’t wash their hands at all, shocking right? If these are the adult statistics, then it is increasingly important for children to form good habits from an early age.
There are many ways to encourage good personal hygiene in children, one of which is creating a pleasant and playful environment. Therefore learning by play is an important factor in today’s educational washrooms. Research indicates that, as children become more independent, they will start to use washroom facilities such as taps as a source of endless fun and learning.
You can read more about how children learn through play in Messy Play, (Duffy, 2006) (http://www.keap.org.uk/documents/eyfs_messyplay_bduffy.pdf)
Having a cheerful and inviting washroom design has become increasingly important, products such as taps with faces painted on them and washtroughs that incorporate different sections and heights, can encourage children to interact with the space in a more relaxed manner. This is all to create that playful sensory experience for the children when visiting the toilet. A clear example of fun washroom products being put to good use is shown in the illustrated room with the Franke Washino Split Level Trough.
The playful design and the pleasant warm surface of the Miranit troughs are a temptation for children to wash their hands. The wave-shaped basins are also practical for children of different ages, with an indent designed to reduce the distance to the taps, increasing accessibility. You can learn more about Franke’s washino play troughs here.
It is recommended to leave time for the children to play with the water as well as wash their hands when they use the bathroom. Incorporating small toys and fun surroundings may keep the little ones occupied for longer and encourage good hygiene. Other methods such as games and interaction can also be successful, according to Bruno, (2018) Handwashing Games for Kids
Encouraging hand drying
After the little ones have washed their hands, it is also important to encourage them to dry their hands correctly. Hand dryers can often be very loud and daunting for young children, therefore it is important to consider installing a quieter, child friendly hand dryer. There are lots of designs and ranges on the market that will encourage hand drying such as ‘puff the magic dryer’ by Intelligent Hand Dryers. Without this level of fun and playfulness children may not dry their hands properly so it is important to consider a design that’s fast, fun and child friendly.
A fun design and introducing playful elements to the washroom is the most effective way to encourage the next generation to wash and dry their hands properly.
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Research taken from
Duffy, B. (2006). Supporting creativity and imagination in the early years. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Bruno, G. (2018). Handwashing Games for Kids. [online] LIVESTRONG.COM. Available at: https://www.livestrong.com/article/232535-handwashing-games-for-kids/
Articles.extension.org. (2018). Hand Washing in Child Care - eXtension. [online] Available at: http://articles.extension.org/pages/25852/hand-washing-in-child-care