Sun safety at school

June 3, 2016

Your child's school has most likely already sent you a letter about its sun protection policy and taught pupils about how to be sun smart. Here's what to remember for the upcoming summer term and also what to pack in your child's school bag to keep their skin protected from UV rays:

  1. A sun hat is essential for smaller pre-school age children because they're in and out of the playground all day. Choose a hat with a wide brim to protect your child's face, ears and the back of the neck.
  2. Schools advise parents to slather on lots of suncreen before the school day begins. You may also be advised to put some sunblock in your child's bag so they can top up their protection before outdoor play. Cancer Research UK advises that parents "choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 which is also labelled broad spectrum to protect from UVA and UVB rays and ensure that sunscreen is applied regularly and generously."
  3. Label your child's bottle of sunscreen with their name so it doesn't get mixed up with other pupils' items.
  4. T-shirts with long sleeves are ideal because they safeguard the arms and shoulders from getting sunburnt. UV protective sunglasses may be advised too.
  5. Talk to your child about sun safety when they're at home to support what they have learnt in school. Good sun safety practices will help them to invest in the health of their skin as they grow up.

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