Our Sun Protection policy ensures all attending the service are protected from skin damage. The implementation of this policy will be applied to all outdoor activities.
Our water play policy will ensure the health and safety of all children around water
1. The Service recommends children and employees to wear legionnaire style, bucket or broad brimmed hats that protect the face, neck and ears whenever they are outside. We encourage parents participating in outdoor activities to also follow our recommendations
2. Children who do not have their hats with them will be asked to play in an area protected from the sun or use a spare hat provided by the service. “No Hat No Play”
3. The service recommends that children and educators wear loose fitting clothing that protects as much of the skin as possible for outdoor activities. Shirts that cover the shoulders, have collars and sleeves that are at least elbow length, as well as longer style skirts and shorts are preferred. Darker colours are recommended as they are less likely to reflect UV radiation on to the skin.
4. Children will be encouraged to use available areas of shade for outdoor play activity. Planned outdoor play and activities will be set up in shady areas. Areas used for focused play such as sandpits and fixed play equipment will be provided with shade throughout the year. Play areas for babies will be provided with shade all year round.
5. Management will ensure there are a sufficient number of shelters and trees providing shade in the Service grounds.
6. Outdoor excursions and activities will be scheduled before 10 am and after 3 pm; the Sun Smart UV Alert should be checked before organising outdoor activities. Full day outdoor excursions (i.e. vacation care) will be planned to ensure children are not in the sun between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, the availability of shade will be considered when planning all outdoor excursions and activities. Portable shade structures may be used if the area does not have much natural or artificial shade. Children and educators participating in excursions will wear bucket, broad brimmed or legionnaire style hats and protective clothing as well as SPF 30+ sun screen.
7. Unrestricted outdoor play may take place between 10 am and 3 pm, provided the UV Index is below 3 (moderate). If the UV Index is 3 (moderate) or above, outdoor play is allowed provided appropriate sun protection measures are undertaken by all educators and children while outdoors. Appropriate sun protection measures are defined as a broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire’s hat, clothing that covers as much skin as possible, SPF 30+ sun screen, maximum use of available shade and sunglasses where these are practical. If the UV Index is 8 (very high) or above, outdoor play will cease. The UV Index forecast is available from the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au/weather/UV. And will be displayed in the front foyer daily
Services may allow brief periods of unrestricted outdoor play during intervals of fine weather on a wet day or at a time when some fresh air is needed for a few minutes. When levels are low, you can safely spend time outside without sun protection. At other times, protection should be used as recommended. Check the UV radiation forecast (UV Index) for the daily maximums.
8. Employees and visitors to the Service will act as role models by:
a. Wearing appropriate hats and clothing outdoors.
b. Using SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen for skin protection.
c. Seeking shade whenever possible.
d. Looking after their skin and avoiding sunburn.
9. SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen will be provided for educators and children to use as necessary. Sunscreen will be applied liberally at least 20 minutes before going outside and not rubbed in. It should be reapplied every two hours or more frequently if it is likely to have been washed or wiped off.
10. Learning about skin and ways to protect skin from the sun will be incorporated into program activities.
11. The Sun Protection Policy will be reinforced in a positive way through parent newsletters, noticeboards and meetings.
12. Educators and parents will be provided with educational material on sun protection. All new educators will be provided the sun and water policy
13. Management will keep themselves informed about current trends, recommendations and legislation that impacts on this Sun Protection Policy by participating in industry networking groups. Maintaining regular contact with relevant resource agencies and providing opportunities for educators to train in current practices.
14. When enrolling their child, parents will be:
a. informed of the Sun Protection Policy.
b. encouraged to provide a suitable hat for their child’s use.
c. the Centre will provide SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen for all children.
d. the Centre requests that should a child require a special sun cream, that a SPF 30+ broad spectrum
water resistant sunscreen is provided for their child’s use.
e. encouraged to practise sun protective behaviours themselves.