Here at Asquith we love the summer months. There are so many opportunities to spend time with your family in the sun.
Below are some of our ideas for getting the most out of the hot weather:
- Take a trip to the beach - Children love playing in the sand and building sandcastles. There’s so much to see and do by the seaside from arcades and ice creams to paddling in the sea, you really can make a whole day out of it! Children can explore all the different sights, sounds and textures, collect seashells and maybe even see some animals.
Top tip – leave early to avoid traffic and get a good spot on the beach.
- Sensory table play - Set up a table outside in the garden and fill it with items your child can feel and play with. Think about the textures and what you think they would enjoy exploring. Don’t worry about the mess, that’s why you’re outside! Children love this at our nurseries and you can easily replicate it at home.
Top tip - water, shaving foam, rice, shredded paper, jelly, sand and mud all make for great sensory play.
- Long walks in the countryside - There are never enough opportunities to exercise outside during the long and cold winter days. During the warmer months it’s the perfect opportunity to build activity and exercise into your child’s day and develop their physical strength and mobility.
Top tip – plan your walk before hand and take a picnic to have en route!
- The zoo - Save a trip to an indoor museum or aquarium for rainy days and make the most of the good weather with a trip to the zoo. Children will love learning all about the animals and being able to get near to them.
Top tip – book in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Summer fairs - Its lovely to explore what is happening in your local community and local events are usually aimed at parents with young children so it’s the ideal place to visit.
Top tip – search online to find out what’s happening in your local area, Facebook and Twitter generally have local sites for every area.
Summer can be a wonderful time for families but it is important to remember the precautions you should take to ensure your child is safe in the sun. Below is some advice from NHS:
- Keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun
- Babies less than six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight
- Older infants should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible, particularly in the summer and between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest
- Attach a parasol or sunshade to your baby’s pushchair to keep them out of direct sunlight
- Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to your baby's skin. We would recommend at least factor 30 to protect their delicate skin. Make sure the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply the suncream regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool
- Protect your child's eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the "CE" mark – check the label
- Make sure your child wears a sunhat with a wide brim or a long flap at the back, to protect their head and neck from the sun
- Like adults, babies and young children need to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated
For more information on sun safety please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1955.aspx?CategoryID=62
Enjoy your summer and stay safe!