Early Childhood Education in Emergencies (in partnership with VSO)


This MESHGuide has been developed and checked by members of the MESH Early Years Editorial Board. It provides collective wisdom of experienced teachers and researchers, supported by a summary of existing research on early years education and child development. Contributors draw on evidence and experience in more than ten countries, developed and developing, including with children in crisis situations in Africa, Asia, and with refugees in the UK. We invite readers to expand the Guide by submitting case studies and by drawing our attention to relevant research and advice.


Germs: Health Education/Science for Early Years

The Germ’s Journey MESH Guide reports on the use of interactive resources to teach children about microbiology, hand-hygiene and infection control. The guide demonstrates the need for education in this area, science for young children and how using an integrated interactive approach with specifically design educational resources can increase children’s understanding in this topic area.


Laundering to kill Germs: Microbiological Decontamination of Textiles (linked with Health Education Primary: Germ transfer)

This guide presents the findings of an investigation on the ability of bacteria to survive on textile fibres and textiles as a potential cross contamination route for bacteria to other surfaces, hands or people. In addition, the correct parameters for decontaminating textile items via domestic laundering was assessed, the findings could be applied to the decontamination of textiles from healthcare, nursery or school environments.  This guide can also be used to teach secondary students background knowledge about contamination sources of bacteria and infection control practices.