Sun Smart Policy

CONTENTS

  1. Policy Statement
  2. Strategies for Implementation
    1. General Considerations
    2. Seek Shade
    3. Slip on Sun-Protection Clothing
    4. Slap on a Hat
    5. Slop on Sunscreen
    6. Slide on Sunglasses
    7. Learning Skills
    8. Engaging, Children, Educators, Staff and Families
  3. Legislation and Considerations
  4. Sources and Related Policies

 

  1. POLICY STATEMENT

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Research has indicated that young children have sensitive skin that places them at risk of sunburn and skin damage. Exposure during the first 15 years of life can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Styles Street Community Long Day Care Centre plays a major role in minimising each child’s UV exposure as young children attend the service during the time of day when UV radiation levels are highest. Promoting each child’s health through sun protection is an essential element of the centre’s commitment to the National Quality Framework. Educators who are often outside with the children must also be protected from sun exposure.

Our centre will:

  • Ensure all children, educators and staff are protected from too much UV exposure by using a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV levels reach 3 and above;
  • Ensure the outdoor environment provides shade for children, educators and staff;
  • Ensure children are encouraged and supported to develop independent sun protection skills;
  • Support duty of care and regulatory requirements; and
  • Support appropriate OHS strategies to minimise UV risk and associated harms for educators, staff and visitors.

This policy has been adapted from the NSW Cancer Council Sun Protection Policy Sample. For further details visit www.cancercouncil.com.au

 

  1. STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION 

The Nominated Supervisor, educators, staff, volunteers, students and visitors will ensure they and the children at the centre are protected from the sun by following sun safe measures. The centre will use a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV Index levels reach three and above. This will include:

  • From October to March sun protection is required at all times. Extra sun protection is needed between 11am and 3pm and during this period outdoor activities should be minimised. Minimising outdoor activities includes reducing both the number of times (frequency) and the length of time (duration) children are outside.
  • From April to September (excluding June and July) outdoor activity can take place at any time. However, from 10am–2pm sun protection is required.
  • In June and July when the UV index is mostly below 3, sun protection is not required, however extra care is needed for children who have very fair skin.
  • All sun protection measures (including recommended outdoor times, shade, hat, clothing and sunscreen) will be considered when planning excursions and outdoor activities; and
  • Staff can access the local Sun Smart times with the free SUNSMART app or at www.sunsmart.com.au or www.myuv.com.au;

Sun Protection measures include the following:

  1. 2.1.General Considerations

The Approved Provider will:

Ensure there are systems, policies and procedures in place to protect children, educators, staff and visitors to the centre from sun exposure.

Educators will:

Read and be familiar with the centre’s SunSmart policy;

Protect themselves from sun exposure and act as role models to children by following the SunSmart procedures at all times; and

Check the UV Alert on a daily basis during the summer months at www.sunsmart.com.au

Families will:

  • Read the SunSmart policy when enrolling their child; and
  • Follow the SunSmart policy while their child is attending the centre.
    1. 2.2.Seek Shade

The Approved Provider will:

  • Ensure there is a sufficient number of shelters and trees providing shade in the outdoor area particularly in high-use areas.

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Conduct a shade assessment regularly to determine the current availability and quality of shade.

Educators will:

  • Consider UV times and the availability of shade when planning all outdoor activities;
  • Encourage children to choose and use available areas of shade when outside; and
  • Encourage children who do not have appropriate hats or outdoor clothing to choose a shady play space or a suitable area protected from the sun.
    1. 2.3.Slip on Sun-Protective Clothing

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Provide reminders via email and/or newsletters to families to pack their child a sun safe hat and clothing, as needed.

Educators will:

  • Monitor the clothes of children in their care to ensure children are wearing sun safe clothes outside that cover most of their body – shoulders must be covered;
  • Provide a child with a spare t-shirt or other clothes item that covers their shoulders should they not have their shoulders covered. If there are no available alternatives follow the shade procedures above; and
  • Remind parents to dress their child in sun safe clothing should they have forgotten on a day of their child’s attendance.

Families will:

  • Dress their child in loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Clothing made from cool, densely woven fabric is recommended; and
  • Choose tops with elbow-length sleeves, higher necklines (or collars) and knee-length or longer style shorts and skirts for their child;
    1. 2.4.Slap on a Hat 

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Provide reminders via email and/or Newsletters to families to pack their child a sun safe hat and clothing, as needed.

Educators will:

  • Monitor the hats of children in their care to ensure children are wearing hats outside and that the hats are sun safe;
  • Provide a child with a spare hat should they not have one that day from one of the centre’s spare hats. If there are no available alternatives follow the ‘seek shade’ procedure above; and
  • Remind families to pack their child a sun safe hat should they have forgotten on a day of their child’s attendance.

Families will:

  • Ensure their child has a SunSmart hat while at the centre (legionnaire, broad brimmed or bucket style).
    1. 2.5.Slop on Sunscreen

The Approved Provider will:

  • Supply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for children, educators, staff, families, volunteers and visitors to the centre to use.

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Ensure sunscreen at the centre is in date and is of adequate number for the centre; and
  • Provide reminders to families in emails and newsletters as needed about the need to apply sunscreen to their child prior to commencing their day.

Educators will:

  • Apply sunscreen to children 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply every 2 hours;
  • Where appropriate, to help develop independent skills ready for school, encourage children from three years of age to apply their own sunscreen under supervision of educators;
  • Ensure sunscreen is stored in a cool place, out of the sun and monitor the expiry date; and
  • Notify the administration assistant when sunscreen supply is getting low and needs to be reordered.

Families will:

  • Apply sun screen to their child before they arrive at the centre or on arrival with the centre’s sun screen.
    1. 2.6.Slide on Sunglasses [if practical] 

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Remind families about the benefits of children wearing close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

Educators will:

  • Where practical, encourage children to wear close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

Families will:

  • Where practical, provide their child with close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.
    1. 2.7.Learning and Skills

The Approved Provider will:

  • Ensure there are adequate resources to educate children about sun safe practices.

Educators will:

  • Incorporate sun protection and reinforce the SunSmart policy in the curriculum, when appropriate.
    1. 2.8.Engaging Children, Educators, Staff and Families

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Ensure all staff have read and are aware of the centre’s SunSmart policy and procedures;
  • Ensure all families have read and are aware of the centre’s SunSmart policy and procedures;
  • Provide reminders, updates and/or training, as needed, to educators and staff around sun safe practices and the centre’s SunSmart policy;
  • Provide reminders and updates to families, as needed, on the centre’s SunSmart policy and procedures; and
  • When enrolling children, ensure families are:

– informed of the service’s SunSmart policy;

– asked to provide a suitable sun protective hat, covering clothing and sunscreen for their child;

– required to give permission for educators to apply sunscreen to their child; and

– encouraged to use SunSmart measures themselves when at the service for extended periods of time.

Educators will:

  • Encourage children to apply their own sunscreen when it is developmentally appropriate for their child; and
  • Act as good role models and demonstrate sun safe behaviour by wearing a suitable sun-protective hat, covering clothing and, if practical, sunglasses; applying sunscreen and seeking and promoting shade whenever possible.

 

  1. LEGISLATION AND CONSIDERATIONS
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010: Section 167: Protection from harm and hazards
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011: Regulations 100, 113, 114, 168(2)(a)(ii)
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 1: Educational Program and Practice – Standards 1.1, 1.2
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 2: Children’s Health and Safety – Standards 2.1,2.3
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 3: Children’s Health and Safety – Standards 3.1, 3.2
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 4: Staffing Arrangements – Standards 4.1, 4.2
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 5: Relationships with Children – Standards 5.1,5.2
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 6: Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities – Standards 6.1
  • National Quality Standard, Quality Area 7: Leadership and Service Management– Standards 7.1, 7.3
  • Radiation Protection Standard for Occupational Exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (2006)
  • Safe Work Australia: Guidance Note for the Protection of Workers from the Ultraviolet Radiation in Sunlight (2008)

 

  1. SOURCES AND RELATED POLICIES
  • Community Early Learning Australia – www.cela.org.au
  • NSW Cancer Council – www.cancercouncil.com.au
  • Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) – www.acecqa.gov.au

Policy Draft: 4th August 2017

Policy adopted: 6 September 2017

Policy amended:

For review:6 September 2019

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