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I need members opinions please...in this cold weather, how would you feel about your young child (5years old) having a 45 minute lesson outside?
The reception teacher at work is still insisting on outdoor ativities, even though it is freezing. The children are sitting down, not running around...

I wouldn't be very happy if it was my child and told the teacher this today, she didn't seem to think it was a problem (even though all the children had blue lips!) hence me asking for your opinions.

Might add that it wasn't her giving the lesson either, it was the TA, the teacher was in the nice warm classroom!!
Supplement from 01/07/2009 06:37pm:
Thanks all, the teacher implied today that i was over reacting, but after reading your comments i can see that i wasn't.

asked in weather, education

blacksmith81 answers:

Provided the children are wrapped up warm, there should be no problem.

This, however would be very different, if the outside temperature was about -30°C.

Supplement from 01/07/2009 07:18pm:

When the air temperature is around -40°C, children should not be outside AT ALL. Air that cold, can cause permanent Lung damage.

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jacquesdor answers:

I would be very unhappy about that. Running around outdoors is fine, no matter how cold it is, sitting for any length of time in cold weather is certainly not fine in my eyes. If the teacher who insists on this is also sitting outside then maybe it wouldn´t seem so bad, but for her to stay in the warm while these very small children are outside is dreadful.
What about the PTA, or the Board of Governers? The head teacher should maybe be approached about this.
I am horrified to even think about it to be honest.

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lilyde answers:

I remember when i was at school, we had a lesson outside, all i had on was shorts and a t.shirt, it was so cold, there were a lot of complaints about us being taken outside, so they decided to do indoor activities instead, it is ridiculous that they are still made to do this, i would def let them know that i was not happy about it!!! and suggest indoor activities again! what a joke

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Topaz2308 answers:

I wouldn't be happy at all if it was my children as any lengths of inactivity in cold weather (neigh freezing weather) wouldn't be good for them. If there was a lot of running and movement it might not be so bad but just being outside for the sale of getting them from under the teachers feet is unacceptable.

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moonzero2 answers:

Perhaps a word in the heads ear alongs the lines of being sued if any harm comes to my child from this decision.

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macavity answers:

There are rules and regulations for workers as to what temperature they have to work in and I thought this applied to schools as http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2007-06-21b.143584.hwell this may help

Supplement from 01/07/2009 06:51pm:

Supplement from 01/07/2009 07:16pm:

found the answer at last hope it helps you

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Sapphire10 answers:

Me I would not be at all happy with this if it was my 2 out there in these temps,I would of thought it might of been better if the childrens parents would of been asked in writting first if they thought it would be appropriate for there child to be sitting(not running or playing)out in this freezing cold weather,it is surely up to the parents to decide.I know it is now fashionable to try and get the children out in all weathers,but like the pre-school I send my daughter to they imformed the parents of this new government rule in writting and we(the parents)decide if we want our children out in rain,snow,sub zero temps etc.
All I can say is if i was one of he parents of these poor children and i found out i would have to go up there and drag her off of her fat lazy arse(from the warm classroom)and tell her to come and sit outside with me for half an hour and see how she likes it.I also know my friends husband did exactly the same thing to the manager of the pre-school there daughter went to.

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agentju90 answers:

hell we don't even let uor wrking dogs out for that long in snow. 15 mins max. totaly wrong even if the kid is wrappe up. the kid only needs to slip on ice and break an arm, or worse. i assume the kids were running round. lethal. even salted ground is slippery. i'd complain.

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siasl74 answers:

Sitting down outside in this weather isn't good - running around, fine.

If the head won't listen, try the governing body or the Local Authority. If that fails, try Ofsted

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sheps101 answers:

Depends what you are calling cold, but generally if they were active and prepared yes it is good to get them out in cold weather, but if they are staying still and/or not properly dressed and/or have any hint of a cold then no. For one the kids will not learn anything if all they can think about is the cold.

I believe our school and nursery have been out several times over the cold weather doing gardening in the school grounds, walking, trips, gym lessons etc. This is in my books fine as they are kept active.

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high1971 answers:

oh get them out and let them have fun and blow/freeze the germs out of them that are floating around
we are just breading a bunch of future mamby pambies that what to stay inside just because it is cold
lets face it (the truth) this country is cold alot more than it is hot

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rasputin1309 answers:

Trust the teacher - they are the professionals here. Stop being so wet

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DragonsDen answers:

I think this is now a legal requirement, although obviously the children should be sitting about. the Early Years Foundation Stage introduced into the National Curriculum in 2007 includes the standard that all relevant children must have daily access to outdoor activities. wherever possible, there should be access to an outdoor play area. this might just be a fenced off area of a playground. if no outdoor activity area is available, the care providers must make daily alternative appropriate arrangements for outdoor activity, such as a walk outside. this can often be incuded with some other beneficial activity such as a visit to the local library. this is causing some providers difficulty, both logistically and in terms of costs, in meeting this statutory requirement. for example, if the children are rotated between inside and outdoor activities (because of lack of space) an additional carer is needed to monitor the outdoor activity. our local playgroup might have to close because of this (they have a tiny outdoor area and can't afford extra staff).

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