Soft toys could spread swine flu in children, schools warned

Flu pandemic guidance for schools, nurseries and childminders warns against children sharing toys and crayons

Nurseries should take soft toys away from children and discourage them from sharing crayons to stop the spread of swine flu, the government warned today.

The guidance for childminders, schools and nurseries on planning for a human flu pandemic, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), advises against children sharing pencils and musical instruments.

The guide for childminders tells them: "Try to avoid children sharing soft toys as these are hard to clean adequately; you may find it easier to avoid using soft toys altogether.

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