How to Protect Children From the Summer Weather

How to Protect Children From the Summer Weather

In 2022, the heat and sun records for the UK were beaten. And it was rather uncomfortable for children and adults alike. Children can become ill from too much exposure to the heat and sun, so protecting them in school to keep attendance high is vital. So here are some options to protect children from the summer weather.

Sun Cream and Hats
Children going outside for lessons or break times should be wearing the proper protection. Sun cream and hats are a minimum for children. Both of these items can protect children from the harmful rays of the sun and also heat reaching them.

Sun cream does need to be applied regularly, so protection might last for only the morning breaks. However, the hat is a great way to protect children throughout the day.

School Canopies
School canopies placed around the school grounds offer protected areas where children can play outside. While they offer limited space, they are vital areas, able to offer children shade and less exposure to the heat. They might also be good locations for some fun activities like outside art or certain lessons.

School canopies are an investment that can help you all year. And they can offer your equipment protection, so the colours on the equipment don’t fade. In the winter, the canopies can also offer protection from rain and wind.

Reduce Down Activity
Some games children like to play on breaks are not suitable for the extreme hot weather, like during the lunch break. Therefore, you can offer less-active options for the children to reduce their body heat.

School staff might want to offer outdoor reading, art, or other activities that can help the children learn, have fun and also keep them safe.

Finally, children should be encouraged to drink plenty of water. Water stations could be added across the school to encourage children to drink more while they are playing. You might need to prompt children early on, to get them to adopt more drinking, but they should get used to the extra water eventually.


Being prepared for another hot summer is vital. Children are at risk of overheating, especially if they’re very active. Above are some options to help them stay cool and enjoy the summer.

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