According to ECERS , which uses Caring for Our Children as a resource, children in group care should wash their hands upon arrival into the classroom, after playing outdoors, after messy play or sand play, before and after playing in a water table, after dealing with body fluids, and after touching contaminated objects.

Washing or using hand sanitizer is the best way to stop the spread of germs. If children are prone to dry skin, you may want to consider using a hand sanitizer when their hands are not visibly soiled. But, by following proper hand washing techniques and ensuring that children thoroughly dry their hands is best practice.

Most sinks are only equipped to allow for one child at a time to wash their hands properly. Some sinks have more than one faucet and if that is the case then that is acceptable.

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