London Preschool Keeping your child well through winter

Keeping your child warm and healthy this winter

London Preschool work hard to keep your young ones happy and healthy throughout the year, especially winter. With cold, frosty days fast approaching, the long summer months that we enjoyed only a short while ago already seem a distant memory.

Children are notoriously prone to catching coughs, colds, chills and bugs during the winter months.  keeping your kids healthy and well is our top priority.

Here at The London Preschool, we are committed to ensuring that our parents and children always have the information they need to stay fit and healthy during the cold, winter months.

Our staff at London Preschool have created a helpful guide to help you keep your child well through the winter.

Warm winter layers

There really is nothing better than wrapping up in your chunky knits, hats, scarves and gloves when it is cold outside.

You should make sure that your little ones are as cosy as you are, whilst not overheating. Those cold days are fast approaching, and it is good to be prepared in advance.  Wrap your child up in warm layers and make sure their head and ears are always covered and ensure their toes are warm and toasty with a pair of waterproof boots.   It is great to have waterproof clothing that traps body heat and keeps your child warm and dry.

Keeping hands clean

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash both yours and your child’s hands as often as possible. This is especially important after going to the toilet, touching communal items, or blowing your nose.

You should also lead by example when it comes to teaching your little ones the importance of washing their hands before food.

Staying hydrated

Water is essential for us to function, grow and learn, this is not different to children. In fact, it is even more important for children to stay hydrated as they need more water for their body weight than adults do.

Dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches, lack of concentration, reduced physical and mental performance, dry skin and much more.

Children often don’t recognise what thirst is, making them particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated. London Preschool ensure hydration is part of your child’s daily routine and is never forgotten about. We hydrate children with natural drinks that are unsweetened and free from additives. Starting in the morning with breakfast, children should have 6-8 drinks per day.

Winter Exercise

Living a healthy lifestyle is about both exercising regularly and eating well, even during the winter months. Getting your body moving is important, helps keep you warm and continue to grow physically.

But there are a lot of fun activities that you can enjoy outdoors during the winter that will not only get the whole family moving, but will also blow the cobwebs away and provide the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones.

From sledging through to puddle jumping and long brisk walks, wrap up warm and enjoy the new season.

Disposable Tissues

In order to reduce infections in our London Preschool, we are extremely hygienic in every aspect of learning.

Young children can be particularly prone to illnesses due to a number of factors:

– They have young immune systems

– Children usually have a higher degree of close contact with others

– Toddlers tend to explore with their hands and mouth

– Children share facilities and equipment at Nursery

– Young ones may not have an understanding of hygiene practices.

At London Preschool we ensure children and staff regularly wash their hands. We also encourage everyone to cover their nose and mouth with disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing. Once the tissue is used, the tissue should be disposed of and hands should be washed. If bare hands are coughed or sneezed into, we encourage everyone to wash them immediately.

Disinfecting wipes

It is easy for surfaces, objects and toys to get dirty as your child explores objects with their mouth and hands. It is important to wipe down surfaces that are frequently touched and used such as toys, kitchen benches, car seats and light switches. Disinfecting wipes are a great way of preventing the spread of germs.

Get a good night’s sleep

Lack of sleep can have a huge impact on your children’s  immune system, which puts you at an increased risk of becoming poorly.

So make sure that you and your little ones are getting enough sleep at night. Depending on their age, children should be getting anywhere between 10 to 13 hours a night and adults should be getting at least 6 hours sleep.

Sharing

Although sharing is caring and we actively encourage all of our children the importance of sharing, they should know not to share items such as water bottles or food, especially if they are poorly.

If you require any further information about how to keep your little ones well this winter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly staff at London Preschool.