If you take your child to any child care centre in Parmelia or across the Perth area, it is crucial that you teach them good hygiene. We specialise in providing a safe, clean environment for all of our children. We have found that the easiest way to make hygiene a habit is to make it a routine. Here’s how.
We all need routines to give our lives structure. They don’t have to be strict, though, nor do they have to be boring. At their best, routines help families become more efficient at the things that usually take a lot of time and leave them more of that time to have fun.
Each meal can become a routine. Taking out the rubbish can become a routine. Most of all, hygiene can become a routine. For example, washing their hands every time they use the toilet or brushing their teeth after each meal. There can also be daily or weekly routines for things like cleaning their rooms. Children respond well to routines and discipline, especially if presented right.
Hygiene for Children
The biggest factor for keeping children from contracting and spreading infections is washing their hands. We are going to focus on hand washing because it is so important and the same techniques and principles can be used for any other hygiene routine.
Always remind your child that they need to wash their hands before and after meals, after touching an animal, after using the toilet or after touching anything dirty, including the floor. One of the best ways to get your child to “buy in” is by keeping your own hands clean and serving as a great role model. It is also important to teach your child why it is so important to practise good hygiene.
You should always have a clean set of clothes set aside for your child in case of spills or accidents. Toilet accidents can happen often to children, so be prepared. If your child is sick and contagious, make sure to keep them home and tell them why.
To learn more or to arrange for child care, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.