1. At Millfield Pre-school (MPS) we want staff and children to enjoy the sun safely. We will work with staff and parents/carers to achieve this through:
Top tips for protecting children in the sun – by the Sun Smart Cancer Research UK in May 2013.
Set good habits for the future – Teaching children safe sun habits while they are young sets a good pattern for later life.
Remember you can burn in the UK – The Great British sun is quite capable of burning your child! Take extra care at home as well as abroad.
Use Shade – Keep babies in complete shad: under trees, umbrellas, canopies or indoors. Provide shade for prams and buggies, if possible.
Cover them up – When outdoors, protect a baby’s skin with loose-fitting clothes, and a wide-brimmed hat that shades their dace, neck and ears.
Wear sunglasses – Buy good quality, wraparound sunglasses for children, as soon as they can wear them. Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive brands.
Find hats they like – Encourage children to wear hats with brims, especially if they are not wearing sunglasses. The wider the brim, the more skin will be shaded from the sun.
Use sunscreen wisely – Use at least a factor 15 sunscreen and choose a “broad-spectrum” brand that protects against UVA rays – the more stars the better. Apply to areas that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands. Choose sunscreens that are formulated for children and babies’ skin. These products are less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances that might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.
Apply sunscreen generously and regularly – Put some on before children go outdoors. Sunscreen can easily be washed, rubbed or sweated off – so reapply often throughout the day.
Don’t forget school times – Remember play times and lunch breaks on summer school days too. Give children a hat to wear and if they can’t apply sunscreen at school, cover their exposed skin before they go.