Teaching Your Children About Good Hygiene

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In light of recent events, our team wants to take this moment to focus on the importance of good hygiene. While we as adults understand how crucial it is to wash our hands and implement other measures as we see necessary, your little ones see the world differently. As a premier preschool in Quincy, MA, we’ve had hundreds of children pass through our doors. We’re with them day in and day out, and our team knows and loves the innocence each of these little individuals possesses.

With the diverse experience, we’ve been so fortunate to have, we’d like to provide you with a few measures that have proved helpful to our staff in implementing the importance of good hygiene.

Hand washing

One of the first lines of defense between ourselves and unwanted germs is hand washing. Let’s face it, although making as many bubbles as we can while clogging the drain is fun, there are so many other things that children would rather be doing! Slowing them down for a mere 20 seconds, believe it or not, seems like an eternity for your kiddos. Below are a few songs to encourage them to sing to keep them at the sink longer:

  • Happy birthday (sorry, we’re obligated to mention this one)
  • Baby Shark (sorry again, we know this will cause a ripple effect for the remainder of the day)
  • The Ants Go Marching
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider (be warned this may end up with an unforeseen bathroom cleaning session)
  • I’m a Little Teapot

Furthermore, technique matters. Follow this link for a brief overview of proper handwashing technique as recommended by the Center of Disease Control.

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Coughing and sneezing

Even though we encourage our children to share, airborne germs should really be kept to themselves. Here are a few facts to keep in mind:

  • Coughing projects germs as far as 6 feet
  • Sneezing projects germs as far as 8 feet
  • Regardless of the method of protection, airborne germs can linger for up to 10 minutes

Again, instructing your child to sneeze or cough into their elbow instead of their hands isn’t always enough. This is your chance to get creative with a few at-home DIY crafts that provide your child an insight into the world of germs.

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In conclusion, it’s crucial to remember that everything you do, your kids are watching. Be the example you’d like your children to follow. As always, we thank you for being a part of our family and choosing Wollaston as your preschool in Quincy, MA. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.