Now that the weather is finally showing signs of improving, those in au pair jobs at the moment will no doubt be spending a lot more time outside with their young charges. And while it’s great to get a vitamin D boost, you do need to make sure you take extra precautions so the kids in your care can enjoy the spring and summer months safely. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Don’t forget the sun cream
When heading outside, always make sure you have copious amounts of sun cream with you so you can protect your children’s skin. Make sure you use a cream with an SPF of 30 or higher and don’t forget to reapply every hour if kids have gone swimming, are sweaty or have used a towel on their skin.
Prioritise BBQ safety
Al fresco dining is where it’s at right now but if you’re having a barbecue do make sure you keep the children at a safe distance from the grill. They’re sure to want to get involved but perhaps give them some jobs to keep them busy that will ensure they stay well away from the flames.
Stock up on insect repellent
As the sun goes down, lots of little bugs and insects will come out to play. This doesn’t mean you all need to run inside immediately but do keep some insect repellent close to hand so you can stop the whole family from being bitten if need be. When applying this on young children, avoid the eye area and any cut or irritated skin.
Take care at the pool
When it’s hot outside, of course kids are going to want to go swimming. Keep a close eye on them all, even those who are strong swimmers, and always make sure they’re your first priority.
You’ve got to ensure kids stay well hydrated at this time of year which can be hard when they’re all excited and charging about here, there and everywhere. Look out for warning signs of heat stroke or exhaustion – such as confusion, nausea, dizziness, headaches, fast pulses, and hot, red, dry or damp skin.
Don’t leave kids in the car
Never leave a child (or an animal) in a hot car by themselves, even if you do leave a window open. There should be no exceptions to this rule – ever!
Carry a first aid kit
At some point or other, your children are sure to fall down and hurt themselves in some way… which is no cause for panic or alarm, especially if you’ve been prepared and have put together a first aid kit with everything you need in it ahead of time.
Ask the family
If you’re not sure about anything or wonder whether your host family has a certain way of doing things, make sure you ask any and all questions you might have.