Regular, effective handwashing and drying, when done correctly, is the single most effective way for early years staff to prevent the spread of infection and achieve high standards of hygiene.
Staff should wash their hands regularly and thoroughly, including:
after handling any body fluids, waste or soiled items
before handling foodstuffs
after going to the toilet, either with a child or by themselves
after dirty play, indoors or outdoors
before preparing and eating food for mealtimes, snack times or as part of a food-related activity
when any visible contamination or soiling occurs
between handling raw and cooked food
after tending children with cuts, abrasions or suspected infections
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