Tips to support your child’s early childhood service or primary school to be SunSmart
Sun protection is a shared responsibility. Ask your service or school about their sun protection policy and other ways you can support them to be a SunSmart community.
Most Victorian primary schools and early childhood services are registered SunSmart members. Is your child’s school or service officially SunSmart?
See SunSmart’s sample policy for schools and EC services.
1. Dress your child in clothing that covers as much skin as possible
Help your child choose clothing that covers their skin. If they want to wear a singlet top, add a shirt over it.
Get involved with the uniform committee or store. Does the uniform policy or dress code include sun protective clothing items?
Does the uniform supplier provide UPF ratings for garments?
Top tips for sun-protective school uniforms
2. Apply a generous amount of SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen at the start of the day before drop off
For early childhood:
- Provide permission for sunscreen to be reapplied before children go outdoors. This should be applied every two hours.
- Make sure you have applied a generous application of sunscreen at drop off.
- From 3 years of age, please help your child apply their own sunscreen t home so they can start to learn independent skills ready for kinder and school.
For primary school
- Please ensure children get plenty of sunscreen application practice at home so they’ll be all set when they are at school.
- Make sure children have sunscreen in their school bag ready to be reapplied throughout the day.
- Check what strategies your child’s school uses to remind children to reapply sunscreen before they go outside
3. Remember to pack their sun-protective hat each day
Please help your child remember to bring and wear their sun hat at the school or service.
If your child’s school or service asks that the sun hat remains on site (to avoid any chance of forgetting hats), have a spare hat stored in the bag for the drop off and pick up walk.
4. Encourage your child to choose shady spots for play
Can you assist with shade development at your child’s school or service?
- Help at the gardening working-be to get some natural shade planted and maintain low UV reflective surfaces (e.g. tanbark, soil, grass, dark coloured surfaces)
- Assist with fundraising or shade grant sourcing to help extend a verandah, build a shady pavilion or purchase some portable shade tents or umbrellas.
5. Encourage your child to wear UV protective sunglasses if practical for your situation and approved by the school or service.
Make sure they are clearly labelled with your child’s name so they can’t get lost.