Amberley O.S.H.C.

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4.8 Sun Safety

Rationale

Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, 80 per cent are skin cancers. Given that children in childcare are there during peak ultraviolet radiation (UVR) times throughout the day, education and care settings play a major role in both minimising children’s UVR exposure and providing an environment where policies and procedures can positively influence long-term behaviour.

Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as sunspots, blemishes and premature ageing. Most skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable.

Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at childcare settings. As children will spend a portion of their day outdoors, we are committed to protecting them from harmful effects of the sun.

The rationale for this policy was provided by the Queensland Cancer Council and is consistent with their Sun Smart Policy Guidelines for Early Childhood Settings

The purpose of this Sun Safety Policy is to ensure that all children, staff and visitors attending our service are protected from skin damage caused by harmful UVR from the sun.

Amberley OSHC will provide a SunSmart environment that support Sun Safe practices and create an awareness of the need to reschedule outdoor activities to support Sun Safe practices.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • Cancer Council Queensland’s SunSmart Policy Guidelines – Early Childhood Cancer Council Australia
  • NQS Area: 1.1.3; 2.1.1; 2.2.2; 2.3.2; 3.1.1; 4.2.1; 6.1.1, 6.1.3; 6.2.1; 7.1.2; 7.3.2; 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 3.7 – Physical Activity, 4.1 – General Health and Safety, 4.4 – Preventative Health and Wellbeing, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

Procedures

Sun safety will be practiced at our service throughout the whole year.

Parents will be asked to provide a broad brimmed SunSmart hat which protects the face, neck, ears and crown of the head for their child and encourage them to wear it. No caps.

Parents will be asked to provide appropriate SunSmart clothing that protects as much of the skin as possible. Loose fitting clothing and darker colours will be more comfortable and effective.

Educators will ensure that all children, staff and visitors attending OSHC are protected from the harmful UV effects of the sun during the recommended times of the day.  The Nominated/Certified Supervisor will:-

  • Inform Parents of our Sun Safety Policy when children are enrolled. The Sun Safety Policy will be included in the enrolment package information.
  • Ensure all sun protection measures are applied to children, staff and visitors while outside when the UV level is 3 or above, which in Queensland, is all year round including:-
    • Wearing adequate SunSmart clothing and use shaded and/or covered areas;
    • Wearing broad-brimmed hats that protect the face, neck and ears;
    • Applying SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours (with parent permission and allergy safe as required).
  • Incorporate education programs that focus on skin cancer prevention and early detection into the program.
  • Ensure all staff, children and visitors act as positive role models and demonstrate SunSmart behaviour when attending Amberley OSHC.
  • Ensure that adequate shade is provided during outdoor events including excursions.

Amberley OSHC will limit times for outside play to before 10am and after 2pm (If it is too hot than there will be no outside play). The best times for outdoors are early morning and late afternoon.

Amberley OSHC shall rigorously enforce the “No Hat, No Play” rule.

Ongoing feedback and support will be sought from parents and the school community for the Sun Smart policy and its implementation, through newsletters, parent meetings etc.

The Sun Safety policy will be reviewed regularly (at least annually) with children, staff, parents and the Management Committee.

Reviewed and Updated 16 March 2015, Updated 30 May 2017


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