Reviewed Jan 2015
Sun smart policy
We celebrate childhood and the natural inquisitiveness, curiosity and imagination of children. We embrace this, working alongside children, encouraging independent learning through the following of their own curiosity, helping them to gather knowledge and information along the way. High Five aims to ensure that children are educated about and protected from the harmful effects of the sun.
Well-being Goal 1 - Children experience an environment where their health is promoted.
Applying Sun block
- Between the months of October and March (or at the teacher’s discretion) all children and teachers must wear sunhats and sun block outside between the hours of 9.30am and 4.30pm, (or at the teacher’s discretion).
- Children will stay inside during the hottest time of the day (11.45am - 1.45pm) or if they are outside they will stay in shaded or protected areas.
- Shade is the most effective barrier from the sun. High Five provides an outdoor area that is protected from the sun with sunshades and/or natural shade.
- Parent/s are required to supply a named sunhat for their child. Children need a sunhat, which shades the face and neck and stays on in the wind.
- Children will be asked to wear clothes that cover and protect the shoulders and back of the neck (for example a t-shirt), especially in the hottest part of the day.
- Team members will role model appropriate behaviour by wearing sun hats, applying sun block to themselves and wearing appropriate clothing, ie shoulders covered outside.
- The centre will supply sun block for all children in attendance. Parent/s are to supply sun block if their child has an allergy/sensitivity to the sun block the centre uses (see attached procedure for applying sun block).
- Sunblock is to be reapplied to children approximately every 2 hours while outside.
- Babies under 1 year are to be kept in the shade wherever possible, and parent/s are to provide them with an appropriate ‘sensitive’ sunscreen.
- Team members will apply sun block to children. Teachers will assist children who are old enough to apply sun block to themselves to ensure thorough application.
- Children should have access to fresh drinking water at all times.
- Sunblock and sunhats (where appropriate, eg. sunhats not worn when walking in the wind) must be taken on excursions.
- Water play should take place in a shaded area.
Tips for safe fun in the sun. (Sun Smart NZ)
- Sun block used at High Five: an approved sunblock that is specific to NZ and Australian standards. (AS/NZS 2604)
- Look for sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30+, plus water resistance and broad- spectrum protection.
- Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun.
- Apply plenty – about 1 teaspoonful (5ml) for each arm, each leg, your back, your front and your face (which includes your neck and ears). That adds up to about 35ml for a full-body application.
- Mopping up sweat or toweling dry will reduce your protection: apply another coat of sunscreen straightaway.Remember – a sunscreen is only part of your defense against harmful UV radiation. When the sun’s rays are most intense (between 10am and 4pm September to April) limit your time in the sun and wear cover-up clothing .
For more sun protection information, see www.sunsmart.org.nz.
Notes about sun smart policy 2015
- Teacher’s need to ensure that children put hats on correctly and they stay on in the wind.
- Parents should be encouraged to buy hats with flaps that cover the neck, ears and face.
- Fashion caps are not recommended.
- Winter hats or hoodies are not be worn on hot summer days as a ‘sunhat’.
Shoulders, sun block and role modelling.
- Children need access to fresh drinking water at all times.
- Water play should take place in a shaded area.
- Think about safety issues around water – Lids are to be replaced if troughs are unsupervised (when we go inside) monitor bodies of water, empty or cover.
- Children need opportunities to apply or learn to apply sun block. This needs to be actively supervised.
- Teachers should apply to face, neck, ears, shoulders and arms. Watch as child applies block to legs or do that for them.
- Give children a dot or two to allow them an opportunity to apply their own sun block.
- Do children know about the hottest time of day?
- Role model best behaviour.
- Have discussions/conversations with children about what you are doing and why.
- Talk your actions through as you do them. “I am putting extra sun block on my shoulders because it is so hot today and I forgot to bring a shirt to cover my shoulders!”
- When applying sun block on a child use a consistent phrase, “I need to make sure your skin is safe in the sun” or, “I need to make sure Tama-nui-o-te-ra doesn’t burn your skin today”.
Reference and research from Consumer New Zealand: Dec 2014 was used to update this policy
Companies are encouraged to market sunscreens that comply with the Australian and New Zealand Standard (But products that meet other standards such as those in the EU or US are also permitted. What’s more, sunscreens that meet no standard at all can legally be sold here.
In Australia sunscreens are regulated as therapeutic products and are required to meet the Australian and New Zealand standard for sunscreen products.
4 sunscreens in our test – Cancer Society Kids Pure SPF50+, Nivea Sun Kids Pure & Sensitive SPF50+, Banana Boat Kids Spray SPF50+ and Kiwiscreen Kids SPF50+ – offered “very high” SPF protection. They also met the requirements for broad-spectrum protection in our test.