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How to stay healthy during the Winter months....

During the winter months colds and viruses are more prominent bringing misery and upset to children and adults but is there a way in which these can be prevented...?

In short, the answer is no, most winter viruses are airborne with people contagious before they develop symptoms. Therefore, moving away from those sneezing and coughing won’t unfortunately mean that you stay symptom free. Studies also show that exposure to cold and damp weather will not increase your chances of catching a cold. In fact by wrapping up and embracing the weather we may actually feel better, as fresh air helps us to sleep better, acts as a decongestant and boosts our vitamin D dosage, all of which will aid and strengthen immunity, so wrap up enjoy the fresh air and embrace the winter months.

It is unfortunately inevitable that no matter what, we will all pick up a few colds and viruses over the winter months but with most passing within a week or so, it is important to keep things in perspective and remember that these will ultimately strengthen immunity resulting in less sick days.

Our best form of defence is to take precautions and follow some simple advice.....

Regular hand washing is the most effective way to get rid of germs, promoting and implementing good hand washing techniques with warm soap and water are imperative in the fight against germs. Visit for hand washing tips, fun games and catchy songs.

Encourage your child to wipe his nose with a tissue and to avoid touching their eyes and nose as germs will be deposited directly onto the mucus membrane, where they are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream.

Follow your nursery or school’s infection control policy, although this won’t stop viruses it will help to limit the spread of infection. You childcare setting should have a strict infection control policy in place which should be adhered to by parents and practitioners. Ensuring immunisations and follow up vaccines are up to date can help to protect against some viruses and bacteria.

Varied Kids Menu

Our highly trained chef and staff provide varied and nutritious food freshly cooked daily. We source produce and vegetables locally whenever we can. You can view a sample menu here.

A healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and iron rich foods as well as a good sleep pattern are key elements in supporting and developing a strong immune system. The carefully crafted menu’s at Abbey Wood Grange and Abbey Wood Lodge Pre-School ensure children have a balanced diet full of fruit, vegetables and nutrients.

Caring for a sick child can be very draining both physically and mentally but its important to remember that most viruses pass within a week or so and all of the viruses will ultimately strengthen your child’s immune system.

A sick child will need extra TLC, lots of cuddles, fluids and rest. Encourage your child to blow their nose to get rid of all the extra mucus their body is producing while they have a cold. offers advice and guidance when dealing with winter viruses.

If you are at all worried seek medical advice from your doctor or local NHS drop in centre.

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We do accept vouchers from many different providers, if you are unsure what financial support you are eligable for, visit our Paying For Childcare page, or call our friendly team on 0208 660 9040.

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