As kids across the country eagerly anticipate that final school bell signalling the official start of summer, parents grow anxious at the prospect of entertaining and funding six weeks’ worth of fun-filled family time.
But health chiefs from NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have reassured mums and dads that there are numerous cost effective summer solutions right at their fingertips to keep the little ones busy indoors or out.
First, visit the Change4Life website: (http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/local-change-for-life-activities.aspx ), enter your postcode, select whether it’s an indoor or outdoor activity you’d like and the number of children involved, and a range of local activities will appear to choose from.
Warm summer days provide the perfect opportunity to get out and about more, improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Make the most of our picturesque countryside and spend the afternoon exploring Derbyshire’s stunning White or Dark Peaks, or pretty country parks.
Visit www.walkinginderbyshire.co.uk to download an explorer map, pack a picnic, remembering your 5-a-day and healthy, energy-boosting snacks, and make a day of it! Holidaymakers who fancy stepping out a little further afield should check out www.peakdistrict.gov.uk for lots of great walks.
The Change4Life website has some great recipes for lunchboxes and picnics (http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/healthy-lunchbox-picnic.aspx )
Your local council will also be organising sports clubs, theatre groups and various other events as part of a ‘Summer What’s On Guide’, which will be available online in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on their website for swimming offers and other local attraction discounts that the council often promotes during the holiday period.
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“Don’t forget, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm so if your child is outdoors during this time, make sure they are covered in a high factor sun cream containing UVA and UVB protection, (even in overcast conditions) and reapply regularly throughout the day. Use a waterproof lotion if you are visiting an outdoor swimming pool. Try to encourage them to wear a hat and keep hydrated - particularly if they are taking part in sporting activities.”
Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council offer families information services for families needing formal childcare over the summer or other children’s services and activities. For more information, search online for Families Information Service, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council.
NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG plans and buys healthcare for 525,000 people.