Our preschools have a duty of care to ensure that their children are protected against foreseeable harm. Sunburn is a foreseeable outcome of exposure to the sun. Early childhood Services play a major role in minimizing a child’s UV exposure as children attend during time when UV radiation levels are highest.
Kiama Preschool’s sun protection policy has been developed to educate students and families on sun safety and protect all children and staff from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Our Sun Protection Strategies are:
The service will follow the Cancer Council Sun Care Policy guidelines and only plan outdoor play activities as follows:
- From October to March minimize outdoor activities between 10 am and 2 pm; sun protection is required at all times. Extra sun protection is needed between these hours.
- April to September outdoor activity can take place at any time. However, from 10am –2pm sun protection is required.
- All outdoor activities will be planned to occur in shaded areas. Play activities will be set up in the shade and moved throughout the day to take advantage of shade patterns.
- The preschool will provide adequate shade structures for children as practicable and affordable; Shade options will include a combination of portable, natural and built shade.
- Regular shade assessment will be conducted to monitor existing shade structures and recommendations for additional shade structures given to committee if deemed inadequate.
More information can be found in our Kiama Preschool Handbook