There are calls for young children to be given more opportunity to play outdoors and learn about the risks involved.
Academics at Nottingham Trent University say youngsters need to explore their surroundings without being smothered by over-protective adults.
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Further snow showers are expected to continue through the morning, easing somewhat during the afternoon.
Strong, bitterly cold winds, with sunny intervals and scattered snow showers.
Old Market Square in Nottingham was a blaze of orange, green and white as hundreds brave the blizzard-like conditions.