Day nurseries

Our children spend a large part of their lives indoors in nurseries, kindergartens, and after-school care.

However, there are several activities in nurseries that can pollute the air to problematic levels. If the staff is attentive, pollution can often be significantly reduced through small behavioural changes.

Cooking, bonfire activities, and candles can cause high levels of particle pollution in nurseries. Particulate pollution increases the risk of respiratory disorders and other serious diseases in children. Read more on particle pollution here

Release of harmful chemicals from cleaning agents, paint, fixtures, toys, building materials, etc., can cause high air pollution that can increase the risk of allergies and other serious diseases in children. Read more on chemical air pollution here

Children and adults produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour when exhaling. A high content of CO2 is a sign of poor air quality in the nursery, which increases the risk of headaches and fatigue. High humidity in the nursery increases the risk of mould and house-dust mites, which can cause serious allergies in children. Read more on carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour here

Radon is a natural radioactive gas that enters buildings from underground through leaks in the foundation. Radon may increase the risk of cancer (leukaemia) in children. Read more on radon here

Polluted outdoor air from road traffic, wood stoves or bonfires, diesel trains, etc., can contaminate the indoor air in nurseries. Especially when windows and doors are open, or if the nursery buildings have mechanical ventilation that sucks in the pollution from outside. Read more on pollution from outdoor air here

We can carry out an assessment/measurement of the air quality. Contact our senior advisor Kaare: