Looking after children during heatwaves

FAO: Welfare Officers, Schools Leaders, First Aiders

Children’s susceptibility to high temperatures varies; those under 4 years of age, who are overweight, or who are taking certain medication may be at increased risk of adverse effects. Some children with disabilities or complex health needs may be more susceptible to high temperatures. Children cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults during hot weather because they do not sweat as much and so can be at risk of ill-health from heat. Heat- related illness can range from mild heat stress to potentially life-threatening heatstroke. The main risk from heat is dehydration (not having enough water in the body).

Sun safety tips

Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

Make sure you:

  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • make sure you never burn
  • cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • take extra care with children
  • use at least factor 30 sunscreen

Do not rely on sunscreen alone to protect  from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun's at its hottest.  

Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: for teachers and professionals - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Dani Lang – Senior School Improvement Advisor for Safeguarding & Inclusion