A heatwave is defined by the World Meteorological Organization as being "when the daily maximum temperature of more than five consecutive days exceeds the average maximum temperature by 5 °C".
And with the hottest July day on record earlier this week, advice from Public Health England on protecting children during a heatwave is timely.
The document, Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: guidance for teachers and professionals explains the signs and symptoms of heat stress, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, along with actions to take if a child is suffering from a heat illness.
It also offers useful guidance on how to keep your setting as cool and ventilated as possible.
PACEY members can log into MyPACEY to download sample parental permission forms which cover the application of sun creams, and members are also sharing their keep-cool-tips in the forums.
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