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Where are microbes found?

Now you have been introduced to microbes, we will focus on where they can be found. Please watch the video below, from BBC News. This is an additional video, hosted …

Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is possibly the single most effective way of reducing and preventing the spread of infection and an important behavioural intervention to instil and reinforce from a young age. …

What are microbes?

We will start by introducing what microbes are, and describing the three main types – bacteria, fungi and viruses. Microbes Microbes, also known as microorganisms, germs, or bugs, are tiny …

What to do when children are ill

Having an ill child is a very scary experience for parents and carers. Understanding more about how a child feels when they are ill can help you feel more in …

Preparing food safely

In week one we mentioned that there are both useful and harmful microbes in food – good food hygiene is vital to avoid foodborne illness (food poisoning). What do microbes …

Managing an outbreak

Infectious disease can spread quickly in childcare environments, meaning it is vital to know who to contact when local infection outbreaks occur. An outbreak is a sudden increase in occurrences …

Cleaning in a childcare setting

The short animation above provides some tips on how to keep different areas of a childcare setting clean. Plastic toys should be washed in sterilising fluid, such as Milton solution …

How immunity works

Immunity is the body’s ability to protect itself from infections. Our body is extremely efficient at keeping us healthy and has multiple lines of defence that limit infections caused by …

Activities for you to do with your children

The following activities have been adapted from the Antibiotic Guardian Youth Badge Pack, and can be carried out with children to teach them about how bugs spread and the importance …