Keeping all children healthy is an important goal of child care programs, and washing hands carefully and thoroughly can help children and child care providers prevent the spread of germs that cause illness. Thorough hand washing can remove as much as 90 percent of the virus-containing particles and bacteria on your skin. That’s a lot of protection from infection for the amount of time and effort it takes. Child care providers and children should wash their hands regularly during the day.
The following eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care articles provide specific information and tips for healthy handwashing.
- Creating Safe and Appropriate Diapering, Toileting, and Hand Washing Areas in Child Care
- Hand Washing Tips for Child Care Providers
- Simple Steps for Thorough Hand Washing in Child Care
- Using Hand Washing Songs to Encourage Children in Child Care to Wash Hands Thoroughly
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