Did you know that as children spend so much time outside having fun, you actually get between 50% and 80% of your lifetime sun exposure before you reach the age of 18?
The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) runs a national campaign around skin cancer called Sun Awareness, which includes National Sun Awareness Week which runs from the 3rd -9th of May 2021.
Follow these tips to ensure children and staff at your setting play safe in the sun
Putting on sun screen with the correct SPF
All sunscreens have a Sun Protection Factor (or ‘SPF’), and the number rating tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. It is recommended that children wear SPF 50 + as their skin is much thinner and more sensitive than adults.
You must remember to re-apply sunscreen regularly, and at least every 2 hours. And more often if they are playing in the water or sweating a lot. Ensure sun cream is applied to all areas of the body including some places you might not think of – like the tops of ears, the back of the neck and the tops of the feet.
Make sure you put on a hat, or cover your skin and provide shady areas to prevent over exposure.
A wide brimmed hat works best to protect the face and back of the neck. Comfy and airy baggy shirts and trousers are also good for the hot weather.
Ensure your setting has plenty of shady areas. If you do not have a permanent cover, you can use sun parasols or make shift tarpaulins.… get creative and share your ideas with us!
Keep cool by providing opportunities for water play where possible, this doesn’t have to be expensive. Collect jugs, bottles, pipes and buckets. The children will love it!
On a serious note….
What damage can the sun cause?
Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your body, with two common types of cancers. One being non-melanoma, and melanoma, which is by far the most dangerous and deadly skin cancer. This simple reason is enough to look after your skin and stay in the shade and be safe in the sun.
Who is affected?
Everyone is affected by damage to the skin from the sun, in fact last year, 35% of people in the UK were burnt at least once, with 28% of those being burnt more than three times during the year.
So this year, remember to wear sunscreen, wear a t-shirt, stay in the shade and during Sun Awareness Week spread the word of sun safety and the dangers of over exposure!
Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs Members qualify for free policy and procedure templates which include a ‘Sun care policy’ to ensure their setting allowschildren to enjoy the sun safely outdoors.
Contact your regional office for more information.