As the cold season creeps up on us, parents all around the country are getting back into the routine of the school run, the homework sessions and, of course, the general worries of leaving your children for the day.

Although at the forefront of your mind might be on getting your child to school on time, ironing the uniform properly or even just wondering where on earth they left their other shoe, health and safety needs to play a part. The nights are growing darker, the temperature is rapidly dropping which means dangers are becoming more prominent.

We’d like to take this time to inform you of the things you should be considering before sending your children plodding off to school.