Whether you’re usually a worrier or not, there’s little question that this year’s return to school has been somewhat more stressful than usual. Beyond the frantic labelling of shoes and uniform, exam concerns and new class woes, a whole new host of anxieties are at play – will my kids settle back into routine? Is school safe? Are we ready to get back to normal?
What many of us luckily will not have had to consider, beyond our new-found obsession with hand sanitising, is hygiene. Whether we can afford to launder uniforms daily. Whether we can afford the basic hygiene products our children need to thrive.
Yet, for many parents, in the wake of lockdown and in the midst of a mounting recession, hygiene poverty is a very real concern. And as shocking new research for British charity Beauty Banks shows, it can have a lasting and detrimental impact on education.
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