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Hi, my daughter works in a nursery where the temperature inside this week has been as low as 10oC in the morning. The heating is put on in the morning but does not reach 18oC until lunchtime. Please can any one advise me as to whether this is acceptable or not. Thank you

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I'm sure the HSE states the minimum legal temperature for workers is 16 degrees.....I think it might be higher where children of this age are concerned though?

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temperature guidelines cover the workers not the children...but yes to my knowledge 16 is the lower limit

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Come and work in my village hall - we have meters so have to 'feed' them in the morning. We do this as soon as we are in at 8.30 but it doesn't get warm until at least 11. Some children go home at 12 but they don't seem to feel it. As long as we are dressed warm enough and move around we are fine. If we went with the minimum temperature we wouldn't be open between November and March!

 

On temperature though - is there a minimum temperature that you wouldn't let the children out to play in. We have had some lovely frosty days where the temperature has been around freezing or just above when we have got to work and one of my members of staff won't let them out (think she doesn't want to) as it too cold. She says that we have to be careful in extreme heat so why not in extreme cold. I say that as long as they are dressed appropriately there shouldn't be a problem and they can come in when they want to. She wants to restrict them to about 10 mins outside then all back in.

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Come and work in my village hall - we have meters so have to 'feed' them in the morning. We do this as soon as we are in at 8.30 but it doesn't get warm until at least 11. Some children go home at 12 but they don't seem to feel it. As long as we are dressed warm enough and move around we are fine. If we went with the minimum temperature we wouldn't be open between November and March!

 

On temperature though - is there a minimum temperature that you wouldn't let the children out to play in. We have had some lovely frosty days where the temperature has been around freezing or just above when we have got to work and one of my members of staff won't let them out (think she doesn't want to) as it too cold. She says that we have to be careful in extreme heat so why not in extreme cold. I say that as long as they are dressed appropriately there shouldn't be a problem and they can come in when they want to. She wants to restrict them to about 10 mins outside then all back in.

My view would be if you are wrapped up warmly enough and moving around then it's fine to play outside on a freezing day. Children do say 'I'm cold' and if I've watched them running about and they're still cold it's time to come in ... it's the wet that gets them though I think. Catching icicles or throwing snowballs always make you really cold - so I'd limit the time for those children. My view of the staff is the same - dress warmly and move about! Extreme heat isn't about the temperature - it's about the sun and the risk of sunburn (I think ;))

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im sure our colleagues in Scotland would be laughing at this...their curriculum now forces everyone outside...no choice!!

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We use to have a cold weather policy (old fashioned village hall no insulation) if we could not warm the hall above 13 by a set time we had to consider closure. The children never felt it but the staff did! We went outside whatever the weather but if we couldn't warm them back up once indoors we knew it was bad. Staff would often be in hats and scarves indoors and children wanting to peel off to their t-shirts :/

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Sorry to drag this back up.. I have a day off and I was looking for interesting forums:

 

Try this:

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Oh goodness me.......and to think that I am about to compose a note to go to parents asking that they dress their children appropriately for cold weather ::1a

 

I'm not talking about outdoor clothing - they are all very well trained in that department - it's indoor clothing that is far too light for this time of year - who would seriously send their children to Pre-school dressed in T-shirts and no vests, jumper or cardi :blink:

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No! not going to happen - i'd never get the staff in bikinis ::1a ::1a ::1a

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No! not going to happen - i'd never get the staff in bikinis ::1a ::1a ::1a

Are you indicating that you would be willing :o :lol:

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Are you indicating that you would be willing :o :lol:

Well, obviously - I'm a fit 60 year old, what's not to like about seeing me in a bikini, especially at sub zero temperatures :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Well I'm not getting me cozzie on in the snow.... even for a hot chocolate afterwards!! :o

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I might try adding it to the plan next week and see if anyone notices.

Think I 'll try something like

all staff & volunteers bring outdoor wear suitable for swimming,diving & rolling in snow. To develop children's self help skills, understanding of hot & cold temps. And having fun.

wonder if anyone will read it.

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In the setting I work the two rooms with older children in (2.5-5 years) have continued to free-flow inside and outside. As long as everyone is suitably dressed, there is no problem. That being said, I don't envy them much!

As for that video BroadOaks, I think I would have to pass too! I don't mind getting my swimming shorts out, and the children I am sure are having a wonderful time, but I would rather not subject myself to those temperatures regardless!

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I'm not talking about outdoor clothing - they are all very well trained in that department - it's indoor clothing that is far too light for this time of year - who would seriously send their children to Pre-school dressed in T-shirts and no vests, jumper or cardi :blink:

. You are talking about most of my parents

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