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No Cait as I think research showed that there was no difference to children's cleanliness levels or infection rate what is important is that hands are washed properly. The downside with anti-bacs is that they may be creating 'superbug's' resistant to antibiotics. I think there are also some concerns about what they are made of.

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I was under the belief that hard soaps harbour germs, also generally get very messy looking quickly and that liquid soaps, although not anti bac, were recommended - along with paper towels and not hand dryers ?

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I always thought it was more in the washing then the soap. My poor class sing a song as they wash their hands to guarantee they are actually washong for 15 seconds rather than the usual 2!!

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I have tried to create consciousness about this at our school, but I have found a hard wall. I was told that some (I really think only one) parents criticized how my class did it, that they had taught their boy at home and now it was creating a 'problem' because he wanted to sing the song (between 10 - 15 seconds) even when they were in a 'hurry' before going out, e.g. to school. I had show them the video and they truly understood the why it was important to wash their hands. I never expected for them to really scrub their hands, but be more careful when doing it. Now I cannot show them the video nor sing the song nor count. With '3 seconds it is said to be enough'! I was even told that the my class was wasting too much soap, when all girls from Primary and Secondary also use the toilet. What can I do when I am at a private school? :o So now I only explain why it was important and demonstrated how to do it, only that. I do make sure that they wash their hands before eating (which for 'some' seem not that important) and after going to the toilet.

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  • 4 weeks later...
There was an article in Nursery World about a Outdoor Nursery in Scotland being criticised for not using running water and usisng the anti bac. Not sure how to attatch it or a link.

 

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Here is the original story

 

and the follow up - the nursery has won its battle to use wipes rather than running water for most of the day

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