Barossa Children’s Playgroup has a SunSmart policy.
Check the SunSmart UV Alert for daily sun protection times. Some sun exposure is important for vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones and muscles, and for general health. But too much sun can cause skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Sun exposure in the first 10 years of life is a major factor in determining future skin cancer risk. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
During sun protection times (usually each day between September to April in SA), use these 5 SunSmart steps:
Slip on cool, covering clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen. Make sure you apply a generous amount and keep reapplying it every 2 hours. Check the expiry date.
Slap on a wide brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears (Baseball or peak caps don’t measure up so leave those on the hat rack!)
Seek shade – try a shady tree, verandah, pergola or shade sail, umbrella or tepee!
Slide on some sunglasses where practical. They should be labelled AS 1067 so you know they are UV protected.
For more information on being SunSmart, visit Cancer Council SA