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Sun Safety

Whilst we recognise that some sun is good for us, over-exposure to Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) is an important health issue. During the warmer months of the year, children are exposed to UVR from the sun, often when penetration is at its strongest (between 11am and 3pm). Without adequate protection, a child's delicate skin can easily burn, causing cumulative and irreparable damage. This can significantly increase their risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with rates of the disease rising faster than any other cancer. 86% of skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to UVR, so it is almost entirely preventable. Sun exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to a persons lifetime risk of skin cancer, highlighting the importance of pre-school settings and parents working together, to increase knowledge and influence behaviours, to ensure children are protected against UVR and learn how to enjoy the sun safely.


How we ensure children are kept safe from the sun at Woodlands: 

* Clothing is one of the most effective barriers between our skin and the sun and should always be considered the first line of defence against UV exposure. Ideally clothing should cover as much skin as possible. Shoulders should always be covered as they can easily burn. A closer weave fabric will provide better protection and a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rated fabric will provide best protection.

* Child should wear either a broad-brimmed, bucket style or legionnaire to adequately shade the face, neck, ears and cheeks. We have a number of these hats for the children to borrow whilst at Woodlands. Baseball caps are not recommended because they do not provide shade to the neck, ears or cheeks.

* Sunscreen should be applied to areas of exposed skin that are not covered by clothing to protect it from Ultraviolet Radiation. Without adequate protection, a child's delicate skin can easily burn, causing cumulative and irreparable damage. This can significantly increase their risk of developing skin cancer in later life. Woodlands will provide sunscreen with a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30, labelled 'Broad-Spectrum' to provide both UVA and UVB protection and labelled with a UVA symbol (minimum 4 stars) . We will apply this generously to exposed skin 20 minutes before going outdoors when UV levels reach 3 or above .If your child has sensitive skin or you would prefer to provide your own sun cream, please make sure this is brought in and correctly labelled. 

* We are committed to educating children on the importance of sun safety and regularly reinforcing this during warmer months to influence behaviours and embed key messaging.

* We are committed to ensuring children are kept hydrated with drinks, particularly water, available and encouraged regularly throughout the day, especially during warmer weather and physical activity. Our hydration station encourages the children to have drinks of water when outside playing. Your child may also bring in a water bottle to access throughout the day. 


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The Woodands Pre-School
Church Street 
Clifton 
Bedfordshire 
SG17 5ES

Phone number (term-time only) 01462 811486