Here here Nichola. Can't believe we are up to sixty odd posts about tying shoe laces. It takes about 10 seconds per shoe, stops the kids falling over and stops them trailing after the adults in class bleating about their undone laces. Your hands are easily washed afterwards. Unfortunately the kids rarely bother washing theirs properly so in the course of a day we probably come into contact with all kinds of germs from the filthy blighters. Occupational hazard. Not a conspiracy developed by evil non-velcro supporting parents,If you don't want to be in contact with germs, don't work in KS1. They all suck their fingers you know. Bleuch.