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e-Bug Health Educator Training

e-Bug is operated by Public Health England (PHE) as a free educational resource for teaching young people aged 4-18 about the spread, prevention, and treatment of infections and antibiotic use.

The Health Educator training, available through Future Learn, aims to improve knowledge and confidence to teach children and young people about microbes, preventing the spread of infection and antibiotic use in an engaging and age-appropriate way.

The course can also be used to support parents, carers and educators to teach children using the e-Bug resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course is scheduled over a 3 week period, averaging 2 hours study time per week and covers:

  • Week 1: Introduction to microbes, hand hygiene, and respiratory hygiene
  • Week 2: Food hygiene and oral hygiene
  • Week 3: Antimicrobial resistance

Each week features a different set of learning outcomes that align to the topics covered.

Completion of the course should enable participants to:

  • Explain to children and young people that microbes live everywhere, come in different shapes and sizes and there are useful and harmful microbes.
  • Demonstrate to children and young people how infection can spread through their hands, coughs and sneezes and why it is important to use soap and the six steps of hand-washing.
  • Demonstrate and explain to children and young people how microbes can spread through food or unclean kitchen surfaces.
  • Explore the influence that sugary food and drinks have on oral health with children and young people and demonstrate the benefits of effective tooth-brushing.
  • Explain the importance of antibiotics to children and young people, demonstrate what antibiotic resistance is and what can be done to prevent it.

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