Personal hygiene are practices that serve to promote and preserve ones own maintance of health, a child is unable to do this and it is necessary in a child’s learning environment that he/she is aware of hygiene and their very own hygiene routines. A child must explore and understand these. They need to know why they need to wash their hands and why they have to have a wash and brush their teeth everyday. My task is to promote personal hygiene in my placement setting, my placement is in a nursery and the age range is three to four year olds. My Aims and Objectives
I aim to promote personal hygiene to all of the children in a fun way that they can relate to. Method I plan to make up a Hairy Hat Mans Hygiene bag (a letterland character). Within the bag will be a number of items that can be shown to the morning session at the nursery and then the afternoon session, I will make it a class discussion with the children and write down any comments that are made by any of them. I will ask a child who is sitting nicely to come up and choose something out of ‘Hairy Hatmans Hygiene Bag’ I will make emphasis on the sound ‘h’.
Once they have chosen something I will tell them what it is then I will ask them what sound each makes i. e. this is Golden Girls Green Hair Brush what sound does Golden Girl make? ‘ggg’ should be my reply, I will then ask them to point at golden girl on the letterland wall as I plan to do this discussion in the letterland bay. I will then pass it around the group and ask them why it is important to brush their hair. I will do this for every item and explain about every single one and why it is important and how we use it.
When I get the soap and cloth out I will explain about how important it is to wash our hands when we finish on the toilet, I shall let them know then that they will be producing wash your hands posters after we have finished our discussion. Once all the items have been passed around I will ask one of the children to place each back in my bag and as she/he does it I will get the class to count altogether 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, then I will take one away and ask them how many are left etc.
Then I will teach them a song that I have produced: The children can then sing this song whilst they are producing their posters. The posters will have handprints all over them they can rub their hands together to make multi – coloured hand prints, these will then be placed above the sinks on a display board with the song placed all across it in bright encouraging colours.