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New booklet launched to teach pre-schoolers toilet cleanliness

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Washing hands properly, thanking toilet cleaning attendants and even learning the different names for toilets.

These are some of the things children in pre-school will learn from a new booklet, launched yesterday by the Restroom Association (Singapore) - RAS - as it marks its 20th anniversary.

The booklet is aimed at children at the nursery and kindergarten levels and includes games and activities such as word puzzles and mazes that teach good toilet habits.

Accompanying the booklet is a guidebook for teachers and parents, which includes resources for projects and activities on hand washing and keeping toilets clean.

The booklet and guidebook were launched at an event at Cherie Hearts @ Charlton, a pre-school on Charlton Lane.

Both were developed by the RAS and Viso, a company which distributes hand dryers here.

GOOD HABITS

"When they are young, that's the best time to inculcate (good toilet habits)," said RAS president Tan Puay Hoon.

A non-profit organisation started in 1998, the RAS aims to build "excellent restroom culture".

Attending the launch event was Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Social and Family Development.

The association became involved with preschools in 2015, when it started the Happy Toilets @ Preschools Programme.

The programme is a form of accreditation aimed at ensuring preschool toilets meet cleanliness standards and preschoolers adopt good toilet hygiene habits.

It has helped more than 100 preschools since it was launched.

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