Heat Health Advice

Children and some vulnerable adults cannot control their body temperature as efficiently during hot weather and so can be at risk of ill-health from heat. Heat- related illness can range from mild heat stress to potentially life-threatening heatstroke. The main risk from heat is dehydration (not having enough water in the body). If sensible precautions are taken children and adults are unlikely to be adversely affected by hot conditions.

See below for our best tips for protecting children during these hotter months.

Protecting children outdoors:

During periods of high temperature, the following steps should be taken:

  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C.
  • Encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help keep cool and sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn.
  • Use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes.
  • Provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot.

Protecting children indoors:

During periods of high temperature, the following steps should be taken:

  • Open windows as early as possible in the morning before children arrive, or preferably overnight to allow stored heat to escape from the building – it is important to check insurance conditions and the need for security if windows are to be left open overnight.
  • Almost close windows when the outdoor air becomes warmer than the air indoors – this should help keep the heat out while allowing adequate ventilation.
  • Use outdoor sun awnings if available, or close indoor blinds or curtains, but do not let them block window ventilation.
  • Keep the use of electric lighting to a minimum.
  • Switch off all electrical equipment, including computers, monitors and printers when not in use – equipment should not be left in ‘standby mode’ as this generates heat.
  • Oscillating mechanical fans can be used to increase air movement if temperatures are below 35°C – at temperatures above 35°C fans may not prevent heat-related illness and may worsen dehydration.
  • Encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water.

Story of the Month- June 2023!

Our story of the month for June is The Three Billy Goats Gruff, read by one of our Bumblebee practitioners at Mont Le Grand!

Feel free to listen to this story with your children.

Story of the Month- May 2023!

Our story of the month for May is Ugly Duckling, read by our Deputy Manager at Clystheath.

Feel free to listen to this story with your children.

Story of the Month- April 2023!

Our story of the month for April is The town musicians of Bremen, read by our Tutor of our apprenticeship programme.

Feel free to listen to this story with your children.

Devon County Council Survey!

Calling all parents and Carers living or working in Devon. We need your help this summer!

Whether you currently use childcare or not, your voice counts. The answers you give in this short survey will help the early years and childcare team at Devon County Council to plan and make sure that there is enough childcare available in Devon. The survey is open until Tuesday 24th May. To take part, visit devon.cc/parents-childcare-survey

Our Paignton Zoo Competition!

On our Facebook page we are running alongside our weekly book competition another competition to win a family annual pass to Paignton Zoo!

This competition will be us sharing videos of the inside of our 5 unique and wonderful nurseries! All you have to do to enter is share these posts, like our Facebook page and like the post to be in with a chance of winning!! ????????

Full details of the competition is on our Facebook page.

We would love to tell you more about all our nurseries so please give us a call on 01392 496017 or email us at enquiries@puffinsofexeter.com for more details.