Key messages

  • The creation of healthy habits during childhood is important to ensure lifelong healthy decisions and actions. It will also help build healthy habits into the future.
  • Practise good hand hygiene – using soap and water is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of infectious disease.
  • Get kids involved with ‘Soapy Hero’ training to help keep classmates, family and friends healthy and stop the spread of dangerous infectious diseases.

Hand hygiene for better health in schools

  • Video transcript

    Soapy Heroes! Are you ready?

    It's time to get soapy and kick Gerry's butt.

    I'm Simon.

    And I'm Selina. And we're here to take you through your Soapy Hero training!

    First you need to know about the baddy. This is Gerry. He's a germ.

    He lives in gross places, like coughs, sneezes, boogers, dirt, pets, the toilet, and poo. Yuck!

    Gerry is bad because he can make us sick and being sick is boring!

    So what do we do when we see Gerry around, Selina?

    We wash him off our hands using our Soapy Hero training steps!

    Start by wetting your hands with water.

    Then rub them with soap until you've sung 'Happy Birthday' twice.

    Rinse off all that soap and watch Gerry wash down the drain.

    Then dry your hands and your Soapy Hero training is complete.

    Staying healthy starts with your hands. Become a Soapy Hero today!

Information for parents and guardians

An outbreak of an infectious disease, such as gastro and the flu can significantly impact a school community and make children very sick.

There are a few ways to help your child stay healthy at school:

  • talk to them about the importance of hand washing
  • make sure they know how to wash their hands properly – use our ‘Soapy Hero’ resources to help
  • check if your school provides soap in the student toilets.

Soapy Hero training steps

  • WET your hands with water
  • RUB soap all over your hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice
  • RINSE the soap off your hands
  • DRY your hands with a clean towel, paper towel or under a hand dryer.

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Always wash your hands with soap and running water:

  • after going to the toilet
  • before and after eating
  • after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • after touching pets and other animals
  • whenever your hands look dirty.

Information for teachers

The Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health and Human Services are working together with schools to help improve hand hygiene and reduce the spread of infectious diseases among primary school children.

Infectious diseases, such as gastro and the flu can spread quickly in the school community.

Schools can reduce teacher and student absences caused by the spread of infectious diseases by:

  • providing soap in staff and student toilets
  • teaching students how to wash their hands properly.

Use our resources to help teach students about how to wash their hands properly and become a ‘Soapy Hero’.

Visit Department of Education and Training to download the ‘Soapy Hero’ lesson plan and resources.

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