Hand Hygiene

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​The Clean Hands curriculum resources are designed for use with Foundation (Prep-Year 2​) students in Victorian primary schools.

The role of schools in disease prevention

Infectious disease outbreaks such as gastroenteritis and influenza can severely impact student attendance, learning and the welfare of the school community.

Establishing good hand hygiene practices at a young age is key to preventing the spread of infectious disease.

Curriculum resources

The Clean Hands curriculum resources are designed for use with Foundation (Prep – Year 2) students in Victorian primary schools. Schools can choose which one of these year levels they would like to deliver this important learning.

Clean Hands lesson plans overview

A teaching and learning resource designed for primary schools. The Clean Hands lesson plans materials are primarily designed for students in Foundation (Prep – Year 2) and are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10. To download the overview, see:

Clean Hands lesson plans for Prep

The materials in these lesson plans are designed for Foundation students and include a range of fun and interactive ideas to support personal hygiene habits, clean hands and disease prevention. To download the resource, see:

Clean Hands lesson plans for Year 1

The materials in these lesson plans are designed for students in Year 1 and include a range of fun and interactive ideas to support personal hygiene habits, clean hands and disease prevention. The lesson plans provide stand-alone curriculum support and do not require prior learning in Prep. To download the resource, see:

Clean Hands lesson plans for Year 2

The materials in these lesson plans are designed for students in Year 2 and include a range of fun and interactive ideas to support personal hygiene habits, clean hands and disease prevention. The lesson plans provide stand-alone curriculum support and do not require prior learning in Prep or Year 1. To download the resource, see:

Soapy Hero animation

This fun animated clip is designed to support and enhance Clean Hands lesson planning. The content uses best-practice health and hygiene information, presented in a way that appeals to students in Foundation stages of school. To view the animation, see: Be a Soapy Hero

Soapy Hero posters

These posters are designed to be displayed in classrooms to support lesson plans and in school bathrooms to support hand hygiene across the school. To download and print posters, see:

Soapy Hero interactive activities

To encourage clean hands and ongoing personal hygiene habits in school and at home, interactive activities designed for Foundation students are available to take from the classroom into the home. To download activities, see:

Related policies

Read the full personal hygiene policy
Available in the School Policy and Advisory Guide
Read the full personal care support policy
Available in the School Policy and Advisory Guide

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