Closomat, Britain’s leading provider of accessible hygiene, discusses how choosing the right toilet facilities can impact the health and wellbeing of pupils in education.
New research from the National Education Union demonstrates that the number of children with special needs has increased by over 1/3 in less than five years, and consequently, 1 million hours each year are spent by primary school teachers cleaning up children after they’ve used school toilets.
Robin Tuffley, Closomat marketing manager, explains the importance of the right facilities: “Evidence shows that lack of suitable toilet facilities impacts on the health & wellbeing of pupils and staff. It affects pupils’ ability to learn. Suitable toilets, that children feel happy to use, can help achieve better value and use of resources. With the ever-growing number of children with special needs, toilets that enable them to develop basic life skills, and be clean, are more important than ever.
“Equally, ensuring that appropriate facilities, such as hygiene rooms, are in place for dealing with the whole range of toileting issues- from helping pupils with special needs through to cleaning after accidents- has a positive impact on people and resources. The Department for Education’s own guidelines say it is better to have fewer, but better-equipped toilets.”
Closomat has produced a white paper, ‘Considerations & Specification of Assisted Accessible Toilet Facilities in Educational Buildings’, to help schools make the right choices for their pupils. The white paper enables specifiers to easily cross-reference their specifications and designs to ensure appropriate compliance on accessibility and special needs.
Closomat can also help to make things easy with its project management service. The service can survey, provide design advice, supply, install, and commission assisted accessible WCs, hygiene rooms and Changing Places.
Closomat is fully CDM compliant and has been the toilet needs of disabled people for over 60 years now.
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