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Preventing and Managing Infections in Childcare and Pre-school

Understand how infectious diseases spread and how to protect children from infections.

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Preventing and Managing Infections in Childcare and Pre-school

Identify how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in children

Microbes live everywhere, especially in childcare settings where children play together at close quarters. They come in all shapes and sizes – and not all are harmful.

On this course, you’ll discover what germs are and how they spread, looking at simple ways of stopping infections spreading. You’ll learn practical tips on keeping early years settings safe.

You’ll reflect on the importance of antibiotics and identify what antibiotic resistance is and how we can prevent it, exploring the ways you can protect children from infectious diseases – including proper use of antibiotics and vaccinations.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to microbes, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene

  • Food hygiene, cleaning the environment, vaccination, and antibiotic use

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain that microbes live everywhere, come in different shapes and sizes, and there are useful and harmful microbes.
  • Demonstrate how infection can spread through our hands, coughs and sneezes and identify the correct times and ways to wash hands.
  • Demonstrate how microbes can spread through food or unclean kitchen surfaces.
  • Apply techniques to prevent the spread of infection on surfaces in a childcare or nursery setting.
  • Explain why vaccination for children is important and identify reliable sources for information on vaccination.
  • Reflect on the importance of antibiotics and explain what antibiotic resistance is and how we can prevent it.

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who works with or cares for infants and young children (under the age of 4 years). This includes nursery nurses, daycare staff, childminders, and carers.

Who will you learn with?

Angela is an experienced and competent public health consultant who has worked across every level of the NHS, within local government and nationally within Public Health England.

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Who developed the course?

BSAC

Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

Public Health England

We exist to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading research, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and providing specialist public health services.

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