Hygiene and prevention

Good personal hygiene is the most effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19. We have shared some support for talking to children about Coronavirus. Below is further support for childcare providers about cleaning, hygiene and prevention.

CEY smart

Everyone is being encouraged to help spread simple and effective hand hygiene messages. There's a course you can take in CEY smart to help understand the importance of handwashing in early years settings. It won't take you longer than 10 minutes.

Hand hygiene

There is guidance from Public Health England (relevant UK wide) about the cleaning of non-healthcare setitngs outside the home where a possible or confirmed COVID-19 case has spent time while symptomatic.

It is also recommended that you:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Posters for your setting

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials (relevant UK wide). Sign up is quick and free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Public Health Wales held a school handwashing poster competition and you can download the posters here to help put a little fun into your handwashing!