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Rufus Handwashing Programme

Rufus the friendly monster

February 13, 2019

As you may be aware, E.coli is a nasty bacteria which can make children under five seriously ill as their immune systems are not yet strong enough to fight off infection. 

While the majority of E.coli cases happen at home, there were 40 E.coli outbreaks in childcare settings between 2010 and 2016. To help, Safefood has created Rufus, the friendly monster who has lots of ideas to make learning about handwashing fun and includes ideas to singalong together. 

Early Childhood Ireland endorses this campaign, which supports good practice hand hygiene policy, underpinned by the Childcare (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2016. 

Safefood have developed the following resources to be used in settings:


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Handwashing sink poster 


Staff leaflet


Staff poster


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