Sun Smart Policies in Childcare

Sun Smart Policies in Childcare

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In the relentless Australian sun, safeguarding childrens’ delicate skin is paramount. At The Green Elephant, we teach kids how to be sunsmart by incorporating practical measures into our curriculum. Understanding the lasting impact of early education, we empower young minds to make informed choices about sun exposure, instilling the importance of lifelong habit building.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the effects of UV radiation, exploring how and why we teach kids the significance of sun safety. By delving into the specifics, we’ll offer a deeper understanding of the educational strategies we employ to ensure a safe environment for your child.

What are the Sun Safety Policies?

At The Green Elephant, our sun safety policies align with the recommendations provided by SunSmart. We strictly adhere to these guidelines, scheduling outdoor activities during non-peak sunlight hours, mandating use of broad-spectrum sunscreen, and encouraging the wearing of protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. 

We prioritise shaded play areas and conduct regular educational sessions on sun safety. Our staff undergoes training to recognise and address signs of overexposure. These policies collectively contribute to creating a secure environment where children can enjoy the outdoors while being shielded from harmful UV rays. 

The 5 S’s in Sun Safety

Our sunsmart childcare centres abide by the 5 S’s in sun safety to ensure comprehensive protection for your child.. 

  • Slip on sun-protective clothing to cover as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Slide on a pair of sunglasses.
  • Seek shade from the sun whenever possible. 

The 5 S’s of sunsmart practices collectively form the cornerstone of our commitment to safeguarding children from the effects of the sun. 

Why is Sun Safety Important in Australia?

In Australia, sun safety is especially important due to the harsh sun conditions. Australia experiences higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation compared to many other parts of the world, primarily attributed to its proximity to the ozone hole. This heightened UV exposure significantly increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. 

The prevalence of fair skin types among the Australian population further amplifies susceptibility to sun damage. Alarmingly, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer globally, with over two-thirds of Australians diagnosed by the age of 70. 

For these reasons, prioritising sun safety is not just a precaution but a necessity in the “sunburnt country”. Effective sun safety measures, such as those implemented at The Green Elephant, play a pivotal role in mitigating the risks associated with prolonged sun exposure and fostering the development of protective habits.

Why is it Important to Teach kids About the Importance of Sun Safety?

Educating children about sun safety is crucial to instill lifelong habits that protect their wellbeing. Understanding the importance of sun safety empowers kids to make informed choices and fosters a sense of responsibility for their own health, reducing their risk of skin damage and other long-term health issues. 

As temperatures rise across the globe and Australia grapples with higher UV levels, imparting sun safety knowledge has never been more important. Encouraging sun smart habits during childhood lays the foundation for a healthier adulthood, emphasizing the significance of proactive sun protection in daily life. At The Green Elephant, we prioritise this education to ensure your child develops a keen awareness of sun safety’s enduring impact.

How to Teach Your Kids About Sun Safety

To make sure your child grasps the significance of sun safety, you should avoid a lengthy explanation, and instead create an engaging experience. Introduce the topic with an interactive activity that makes learning about skin protection enjoyable. For instance, turn sunscreen application into a playful experience, letting them put a little on their favourite doll or toy.

It’s important to tailor your explanation to your child’s age, using simple language to convey the potential harm the sun can cause and how certain habits can mitigate these risks. Show, don’t just tell, by applying sunscreen on yourself and modelling your favourite hats and sunglasses as examples. And when it’s sunny, make seeking shade an adventure. Maybe you could create a fort in the shade together? Positive reinforcement and a bit of fun can go a long way in making sun safety a natural and enjoyable part of your child’s playtime routine.

How do we Teach Sun Safety at the Green Elephant?

At The Green Elephant, teaching sun safety for kids is all about making it a part of our daily routine with a mix of education and hands-on practices. Through interactive activities, we engage children in understanding the importance of protecting their skin from the sun’s rays. Our staff lead by example, demonstrating proper sun protection measures, including the use of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. During outdoor playtime, we create a positive environment where seeking shade is praised. 

Through consistent reinforcement and positive encouragement, we ensure that sun safety isn’t just a lesson but a natural and fun aspect of your child’s daily activities.

Book in a Tour at The Green Elephant

Ready to explore The Green Elephant firsthand? Book a tour at our Rosebery childcare centre and discover the vibrant environment we provide for your child’s development. Here, you’ll have the chance to experience our dedicated approach to sun safety, engaging curriculum, and nurturing atmosphere. We look forward to showcasing how we make every day a new adventure under the sun for your little one!