How to Protect Children from the Summer Sun

How to Protect Children from the Summer Sun

It gets hot during the summer school term, and both pupils and teachers can find the heat uncomfortable. Children must be protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Excessive sun exposure can also make children feel unwell, and school attendance must stay high. Here are some options for protecting children from summer weather.


Sun cream and Hats


Ask parents to send their children in with a cap that offers protection from the sun. Children can also bring in sunglasses. They should also have sun cream applied before school and bring their sun cream into school to reapply should they need to. Whatever your sun protection policy, you should make it clear to parents and send letters and emails, etc.

School Canopies


School canopies are a great way to protect children when they play outside by offering a shaded area away from the sun’s rays. A canopy can also keep children cooler without the sun shining directly on them, so can make a more ideal location for outside lessons.


It is advised that children should stay in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm, so having plenty of space for children to play under a canopy is ideal for helping them stay out of the sun.

They can also be treated so they don’t fade in the sun and remain in good condition. They can offer protection against rain and wind too.


Reduce Down Activity


Make sure there are quite shady places for children to relax and cool down on hot days. It is worth remembering that playtime is during the hottest time of the day and you need to make sure that the pupils aren’t getting too hot. You could set up cool-down rooms where children can sit and read or play puzzles. Make sure there’s plenty of water available.


Stay Hydrated


Encourage pupils to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Squash can be handed out to help with hydration on very hot days. Staying hydrated will prevent the children from getting ill from heat exhaustion and related conditions.




Children must be kept safe during the summer term. Ask parents to make sure children are ready for school in the summer months with suitable clothing, including sun hats, etc. They should also have sun cream applied before school and bring their sun cream with them as well. They should also have plenty of drinks.


While at school, it is the school’s responsibility to make sure the pupils don’t overheat, and that they have places to play in the shade, stay hydrated and enjoy the summer term.

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