Sun Safety Policy

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer. This policy is followed whenever ultraviolet index (UVI) levels reach 3 and above. For most parts of New Zealand this is between September and April, especiallybetween 10am and 4pm.

Little Feet Childcare Centre policy has been developed to ensure that all children and staff are protected from damaging levels of UVR from the sun.

1. Shade

The availability of shade is considered when planning outdoor activities.

Children are to use available areas of shade when outside. Children who do not have appropriate hats or outdoor clothing are required to play in the shade or indoors.

2. Clothing

When outside, children are to wear loose fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Tops with elbow length sleeves, and if possible, collars and knee length or longer style shorts and skirts are best.

3. Hats

Children are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears. i.e. legionnaire, broad-brimmed or bucket hats.

Please Note: Baseball caps do not offer enough protection and therefore are not recommended.

4. Sunscreen

SPF of 30+ or higher with water resistant is available for staff and children’s use. Sunscreen is applied at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every two-four hours when outside.

5. Sunglasses

A good hat significantly reduces the level of UVR reaching the eyes. If parents want their children to also wear sunglasses, these should be close fitting and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

6. Role modelling

Staffs act as role models by:

Sharing information about skin protection

Sharing information about skin protection

Reviewed: 28th January 2016