Pre-School Teaching Resources

Pre-school playgroundIt’s fundamental for young children’s understanding that the importance of hand washing is related to experiences they understand. Hands Up For Hygiene has provided pre-school children with opportunities to learn about the importance of hand washing in a variety of "real life" situations since 2003.

The activity suggestions in our Pre-School Activity Session Plans provide young children with a range of stimulus including songs, stories, game play, discussion topics, role play and craft templates. Ideas can easily be adapted to suit the facilities and number of children in your setting.

Download the Leader's Guide for details of how the Activity Session Plans link to key parts of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Pre-School Activity Session Plans

We All Fall Down Session PlanIn The Garden session planCoughs and Colds session planGoing to the Toilet session planPreparing and Eating Food session planMessy Play session plan


Did you know?

  • "Handwashing is one of the most important ways of preventing the spread of illness"

  • "Regular hand washing can reduce absenteeism amongst school children"

  • "Our hands carry a mixture of both good and bad bacteria"

  • "Most of the bacteria our hands pick up live on fingertips and under our nails"

  • "Washing with water alone doesn't guarantee that bad bacteria are removed"

  • "Good bacteria act as our personal shield against unwanted bacteria"

  • "Many bacteria can survive on surfaces for several months"

  • "The skin has its own natural defences against bad bacteria"


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Our schools programme, helping school kids learn how, when and why they need to wash their hands.