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sooty99
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We are a maintained nursery. We have no blinds on our windows - no budget for any - and we only have a couple of windows which open in each room, and these only open four inches. It was 28 degrees inside today with 38 3 and 4 year olds. They were complaining of feeling sick/hot. We had water freely available to drink and I had water in our sink to help any who needed cooling. We only had free flow for 11/2 hours as it is roasting under our plastic canopy and there is no shade at all in our garden. We had water out here too. Is there a legal temperature we should be working in? We made a den too, but only 6 children could fit!

Help!

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An MP called for the max temp at work to be 30 degrees, so there's hope it could change, but really I think the owner should look at the layout, windows and shade outside. I know its possibly a one off but its nt good to be feeling sick. I've got a wet sheet hanging on the ferrets pen and tomorrow I'll be dong something similar at playgroup.

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When we were in our old mobile we did actually shut for some afternoons when it was really hot. We are lucky now to have good air con in new building. We went out til 10.30 then came inside. The problem is you don't know what the children are doing when not with you. I think several of ours had too much sun yesterday. We have a canopy but no real shade but it was just too hot! We have constant battles with parents over sunhats and sun cream and appropriate clothing even though policies state parents have to provide.

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That's why we have no hat no outside policy and shoulders must be covered. We are only sessional and treat all children as having no suncream applied although we do tell parents they must apply it before the child arrives. We are inside from10.30 until 2.30 on normal sunny days and spend even less time outside on days like today keeping activities in shaded areas as much as possible.

We are lucky that little direct sun comes into building and we do have blackout blinds. Now trying to make overdoor heaters blow cold!

korkycat

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Does anyone know what it is?

Yes there is definitely a legal temperature and it is your employers duty to maintain it - not only for the children but for staff too - right I can't remember what it is - that is not helpful - sorry

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There is no legal temp - never has been I'm afraid. Used to fight it all the time in my setting don't know how many hours I spent on the phone to different departments. Just have to risk assess and follow your procedures.

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Why do you stay inside on normal sunny days? We only stay in when it's very hot. All settings are different though and I suppose it depends on your building/garden. I would hate to keep the children in just because it's sunny though. I completely understand in the current weather but 'normal' temperature sunshine is good for you!

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We use good old fashion common sense about time spent outside in these extreme temperatures. The children soon let you know when enough us enough too. Outside in normal average temp. Isn't there some research that says children are low in vitamin D because they don't get enough sunshine. Anyway, all change again tomorrow - possibly????

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Why do you stay inside on normal sunny days? We only stay in when it's very hot. All settings are different though and I suppose it depends on your building/garden. I would hate to keep the children in just because it's sunny though. I completely understand in the current weather but 'normal' temperature sunshine is good for you!

 

Why do you stay inside on normal sunny days? We only stay in when it's very hot. All settings are different though and I suppose it depends on your building/garden. I would hate to keep the children in just because it's sunny though. I completely understand in the current weather but 'normal' temperature sunshine is good for you!

Only kept in for half session Tuesday as exceptional and no shade and half garden covered by plastic canopy which makes it unbearable under it ...........

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