Inspire and motivate with Ella’s Handwashing School

Inspire and motivate with Ella’s Hand Washing School

Days spent at nursery are packed with activities and finding time to teach and supervise good hand hygiene is a challenge. It’s easy to feel like you are nagging when you have to remind the children of doing their hand washing all the time. Teaching good hygiene can be a challenge, but now more than ever it is critical in reducing the spread of colds, flu and viruses. So we’ve put together the Ella’s Handwashing School package, which includes an app, hygiene brochures, teaching material as well as activities to help make hand washing a little more fun.

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Discover our free Ella material

Here you find a leaflet, a colouring poster, a handwashing poster and a diploma. Make handwashing something fun and let children explore the washing routine in new ways of learning.

There are three main types of transfer (viruses and/or bacteria) that are desired to interrupt: 

  • from the hands to – eyes, nose, mouth and open sores 
  • to another person either via direct hand-to-hand-contact or via indirect hand-to-object-to-hand-contact 
  • from hands to food during food preparation 

Wipe away the germs! 

Using liquid or foam soap and rinsing with water removes most bacteria — especially when followed by thorough drying. Using soap and rinsing with water is also an effective method of reducing the number of viruses on the skin. 
Drying your hands after washing is as important as cleaning them! 

Did you know...

Most of us were taught to wash our hands by our parents. What they didn’t know was that good hand hygiene also relies on hand drying!


It is not only important to know how to wash your hands, when to wash your hands is equally important 


Children should be motivated to wash their hands: 

  • When hands are visibly dirty
  • After visiting the toilet 
  • After playing outside 
  • Before eating snacks and meals 
  • When coming home 
  • After blowing the nose 

Parents/Teachers should take special care to wash their hands: 

  • When hands are visibly dirty 
  • After visiting the toilet or helping a child with a toilet visit 
  • After being outside 
  • Before eating and handling food 
  • When coming home 
  • After blowing the nose or assisting a child  

Sing Twinkle, twinkle little star 

It takes about 20 seconds to sing Twinkle, twinkle little star and that´s the same time it should take for a child to wash their hands. Do these four steps and sing: 
  • Wet your hands with clean, warm water 
  • Apply liquid or foam soap and rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces 
  • Rinse with clean water 
  • Dry hands until thoroughly dry with a paper towel