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NEWS: UKHSA issues cold weather alert for England

The Met Office and UK Health Security Agency (UK HSA) have issued a cold weather alert for England from the evening of 7 December 2022. All regions of England are forecast to experience severe low temperatures and, in some cases, severe overnight frosts.

The Government is warning people to look out for others with health conditions that put them at higher risk from the effects of cold weather.

Cold temperatures, dark evenings, rain, ice and snow can be challenging for early years and childcare practitioners. Setting leaders are expected use their professional judgement and responsibility to review and adjust risk assessments based on government guidance and advice and your own setting and circumstances to keep the children and adults in your setting safe. You should already have steps in place as part of your Emergency Planning that sets out how you would deal with emergencies including severe and unpredictable weather conditions.

You should work with parents/carers and staff members to take into account specific needs of individuals who are more at risk from periods of extremely cold weather.

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