Is your family Sun Smart? Tips on being sun safe.

With the warmer months just around the corner there is no better time than now to revisit the sun safety message with your children.

Being Sun Smart is an important message all year round as the UV index in Australia can be so varied.

There are a number of things you can do to make sure that your family is sun safe. These include:

Sunscreen – Always make sure your child has applied sunscreen to skin that is not covered by clothing.

Hat – Make sure your child is used to wearing a hat when they are outdoors. This will help protect their head and face from harmful UV rays. While most early learning centres, daycares and schools enforce a ‘no hat, no play’ policy, if your child is used to wearing a hat in the sun when they are with you it will reinforce the habit.

Sunglasses – Protect your child’s little peepers by making sure they have a UV protective pair of sunglasses.

Swimwear – Make sure that your child has swimwear or a rash vest that has a UPF rating of 50+.

Shade – Seek out shade in the heat of the day, when the UV rating is high is the best form of sun protection.

As Australia has one of the highest UV levels in the world, educating our children on sun safety is crucial. So always remember – Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.

All of Meerilinga’s Early Learning Programs are operated under Sun Smart guidelines.