School has a profound impact on a child’s mental, physical, and academic development. Children spend a significant part of their day in school. It is not only the place for learning but also where children can socialise and develop their overall skills for later in life. Research has found when a child’s workspace is clean, they are 83% more productive, 77% more creative and 77% less stressed. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure that the environment is clean and hygienic. Maintaining a clean and tidy classroom environment is vital for a number of reasons.
The Benefits Of A Clean Working Environment
Optimum Learning Environment
A clean environment has been found to maximise the learning experience of children right up to students and adults. Studies have found it not only gives off a positive feeling it increases overall performance within a classroom. Children who learn in clean environments receive higher overall grades (66%).
Having a clean environment protects both staff and students, especially from the common colds and flu. This in turn reduces the number of absences due to sickness. Hiring a professional to complete a deep clean of the learning environment ensures they are from agents that could cause diseases. Professionals will ensure the areas are kept clean, tidy, disinfected, and sanitized to the highest levels throughout the year.
Increased Teacher Productivity
Instead of spending time before and after class cleaning, teachers are able to concentrate on their day-to-day roles. Lesson planning, interacting with students, marking work, and having time to themselves. Having a clean environment will ensure teachers look forward to their day. Creating motivation and job satisfaction rather than being concerned about their surroundings.
Increased Equipment Longevity
Longevity and cleanliness work hand in hand. Ensuring the equipment used is clean means it can continue to operate well, with no dust or dirt damaging it.
Positive Parental Involvement
Often parents get involved in the school when something negative is happening. However, having a clean well-kept environment could encourage parents to stay involved in a more positive manner. They will have the confidence that the school cares about the health of their child. Therefore, are more likely to feel positive towards the school and perhaps want to join extracurricular activities.
There are many reasons within a classroom why students might be distracted. Having a messy, disorganised, and dirty environment can add to this. Therefore, negatively impacting the learning and teacher performance.
Develop Positive Habits
People learn things from habits and routines. Therefore, if they are surrounded by a clean environment, they will internalise this and carry the habits elsewhere. To further increase these habits teachers could also involve the students in cleaning practices. This could be as simple as stacking books away.
Increased Health & Safety
Accidents and incidents within the school are often a result of slips, trips, and falls. Therefore, cleaning the environment will ensure these are reduced. In addition, having an overall clean school, college or university reduces the likelihood of pests. Resulting in further health and safety protection. When cleaned by a professional this provides confidence that the job has been completed to a high level.
The Impact Of COVID
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way everyone interacts, works, and learns. Our daily routines have been turned upside down. Being told to stay at home, work and learn from home, isolate, and follow daily changing rules. Interactions, school routines, personal hygiene, and distancing rules have all changed their day-to-day lives. Having to frequently deep clean, decontaminate surfaces, toys, equipment, desks, chairs, and high touch areas, such as door handles. For many, this has been incredibly overwhelming and challenging, non-more so than for children. All to increase infection control and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Keep Your School Clean with a Professional Cleaning Company
Ratcliffe Cleaning provides school cleaning services to ensure your school is cleaned to professional standards. Meeting infection control standards to protect students from dangerous bacteria and viruses. Offering the cleaning services you need daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, that suit your school’s schedule. We pay special attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of door handles, computer keyboards, and lockers to reduce the risks of sickness. With over 20 years’ worth of experience, our highly trained cleaners can help you, contact us today.