Children catch head lice from each other when they socialise and through head to head contact. This can happen at any time but has long been associated with socialising at school.
The 'Once a Week, Take a Peek' campaign educates parents on the need to check their
children's hair regularly for lice as a normal part of their family's personal hygiene routine
and then to take swift action should any be found.
Although this campaign’s emphasis is very much on parents taking responsibility and
action there is still a real and valuable role for schools to play in keeping head lice
infestations to a minimum. The same applies to childcare centres, nurseries, and indeed
any organisation that works with children.
Help educate parents on the need to check regularly for lice – ideally once a week
Guide them information on how to identify, manage and treat head lice effectively
Direct parents to their local pharmacist for expert advice if they are having difficulties in getting rid of lice
Inform them when an outbreak has been spotted in the school