Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies

Hot Weather

Updated 13 Oct 2020

Sensible precautions should be taken to prevent adverse effects in hot weather including:

Indoors

  • Keep use of electric lighting to a minimum
  • Open windows as early as possible in the morning but close during peak hot weather
  • Encourage children to drink water, water should be available at all times

Outdoors

  • Sunscreen to be applied to all children (recommended factor 40 with UVA protection) at all times
  • Children to be encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Sun hats to be worn outdoors at all times by children and staff
  • If temperatures are in excess of 30˚C vigorous physical activity to be limited
  • Water to be available at all times, children to be encouraged to drink water
  • Risk assessment to be carried out on reflective equipment (ie slide), at regular intervals throughout the day, and not used if too hot

Actions to prevent children suffering from a heat related illness:

  • Steps to reduce body temperature should be taken immediately
  • move child to the coolest room available
  • encourage them to drink cool water (such as from cold water tap)
  • cool the child as quickly as possible ie sponge or spray child with cool water, place cold packs around the neck and armpits, assist with cooling fan
  • dial 999 to request an ambulance if child does not respond to the treatment administered within 15 minutes

If a child loses consciousness, or has a fit, place the child in the recovery position, call 999 immediately and follow the steps above until medical assistance arrives.

Taken from: Public Health England Protecting and Improving the Nations Health May 2015