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 49 E. coli outbreaks in childcare settings between 2010 and 2016. To help, safefood have created Rufus, the friendly monster who has lots of ideas to make learning about handwashing fun.

We have created a staff poster, a poster for the sink in your bathroom and some colouring in sheets for the children.


You can learn the 5 steps to handwashing (wet, soap, rub, rinse, dry) with Rufus and sing along together. Sing along to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat after they have gone to the toilet to make sure all of the harmful germs are washed away.

Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Thumbs and fingers too,
Rinse and then make sure they’re dry,
That’s the thing to do!”

The 5 Steps

Handwashing, Step 1, WetHandwashing, Step 2, SoapHandwashing, Step 3, RubHandashing, Step 4, RinseHandwashing, Step 5, DryRufus the monster