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Sun Safety at Nursery

We recently read this article from the NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association – www.ndna.org) and thought it would be of interest to parents as these guidelines cover the procedures we currently adhere to.

NDNA advises all nurseries and anyone working with young children to be extra careful in current hot temperatures.

The heat itself can cause many problems particularly for young children and can exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma.

Teaching children about being safe in the sun is an important life lesson. Make sure you lead by example so the children see adults enjoying the sun but being safe in hot weather. Encourage them to be ‘sun safe’, to know the risks and look after their friends to see if they are ok.

This will help instil in children the basis for enjoying the sun safely throughout their life.

Many nurseries have canopies or gazebos that give good shade in the middle of the day. If you have trees, make sure the shade is complete, not speckled as children can still burn under speckled shade.

NDNA’s advice includes the following:

  • Don’t let children outside during the hottest hours (11am until 3pm) unless they are totally shaded, and during the rest of the day don’t let them stay out for long periods of time
  • When they do go out on a hot day, reduce the level of activity – maybe have storytime or quieter activities such as creative, sand or water play
  • Keep lots of fresh chilled water available for children who can self serve, not left out in the sun. Give them gentle reminders – have you had a drink recently?
  • For younger ones, keep offering them drinks throughout the day
  • Make sure staff drink plenty of fluids in front of the children to reinforce this behaviour
  • Make sure the children and staff are all wearing their sun hats and sun cream – encourage the older ones to put it on themselves under supervision. Keep reapplying sun cream as advised on the bottle and explain why this is important.
  • Recommend the use of wide brimmed sun hats and loose fitting clothing to parents for the children
  • Check your outdoor equipment such as slides and swings as they can get extremely hot.
  • Do take babies outdoors but keep them in the shade – however, don’t sit them on the floor if it’s too hot to hold the back of your hand there for longer than five seconds
  • Pushchairs if left outside in the sun can also get very hot – keep them indoors or in the shade when not being used. Do not any coverings over pushchairs such as blankets as this can cause the temperature to increase causing sun stroke
  • Try to keep your nursery as cool as possible, using ventilation, fans and by drawing the curtains against the strong sun if possible
  • Remember some of your children with SEND may be more at risk during the hot days
  • Ensure all staff can identify the symptoms of heatstroke and what action to take
  • If any of your children are behaving differently to normal, or become floppy or unusually tired, then cool them down with wet flannels, cold water, drinks and fans. If you have any concerns contact a health professional.

Successful bid for STEM grant

We are so excited that our bid for a grant from the IOP (Institute of Physics) has been successful and we have been awarded funds to develop our STEM room and outdoor STEM teaching facilities. We will now be able to purchase even more exciting equipment for the children to develop their STEM learning and offer an even more engaging range of activities for them to explore their practical skills.

These new products will enable us to introduce the children to basic coding skills and enhance their practical thinking skills outside with measuring, balancing, and construction tools.

For more information on the IOP and their support for young people see their website at https://www.iop.org/

What is STEM and what does it mean?

You’re going to see us talking quite a lot in the future about STEM

So what exactly is it and how does it benefit your children at Beeches Park Day Nursery?

STEM is essentially Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths learning. These are all important areas that your children need to be comfortable with to excel in the future. STEM helps your children to become future creators, thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, explorers, and inventors. By exposing children to STEM subjects at an early age it sets a foundation for higher learning in their futures and interest in subjects that are shaping the future of the world we live in.

We’re so lucky in our location to be surrounded by industries that visually inspire our STEM learning from distribution centers, medical practice, engineering, to logistics. We can see the lorries and the bustle outside so to be able to learn how the engines work, how goods travel, how things are made, and how we use these processes in our lives gives relevance to what we learn in our STEM room.

Key members of our staff are currently undergoing training to become our official STEM ambassadors so they can effectively teach the subjects in an engaging way across all ages.

It’s all very exciting, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Watch out for more updates as we expand our STEM learning through the room settings.

We’re having an OPEN DAY

Come and join us on Saturday 10th July, 10am – 2pm, for our first ever OPEN DAY.  A unique and exciting opportunity to see inside our amazing Nursery, meet our staff, see our facilities and ask any questions. We will be proudly showing off our new STEM room (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and our newly upgraded outdoor garden space!

Between 10am – 2pm there will be Face Painting & Crafts, Guided Tours, Fun Activities, Balloons and more! All fabulous activities will take place outside.

Current Covid regulations will be strictly adhered to – please wear your mask at all times whilst indoors and respect Social Distancing around other families and our staff.

We look forward to seeing you there!