Sun protection


High risk of unprotected sun exposure in the first fifteen years of life significantly increases a child’s risk of developing skin cancer later in life. The Education and Care Services aim, is to help minimise these risks to children, educators/staff, and to help educate families about sun protection.

Legislative Requirements

Education and Care Services National Regulation 2011
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
National Quality Standards 2011
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011

Who is affected by this policy?



  • Develop positive attitudes towards skin protection.
  • Develop awareness of lifestyle practices which can reduce the incidence of skin cancer.
  • Promote personal responsibility for decision making about skin protection.
  • Increase awareness of the need for environment changes in Education and Care Services to reduce the levels of exposure to the sun.
  • Encourage the wearing of “sun-safe” hats when outdoors, and on excursions. Appropriate hats include:
  • Broad brimmed hat (brim at least 6cm), a legionnaire hat, a bucket style hat with a deep crown and brim at least 5cm. (caps are not recommended due to inadequate protection to the neck, cheek and ears).
  • Encourage the wearing of shirts with collars and sleeves that are made from closely woven fibre, by children, educators and staff (midriff and singlet tops are not recommended due to inadequate coverage).
  • Provide and use SPF 30+ broad spectrum on exposed areas of skin, to be applied by parents in the morning prior to or on arrival. Educators/Staff to help children apply sunscreen again 20 minutes before going outdoors in the afternoon.
  • Posters will be displayed to show correct application of sunscreen.
  • Outdoor play will be planned to occur in shaded areas and moved throughout the day to take advantage of shade patterns.
  • A NO HAT – PLAY IN THE SHADE policy will be implemented where children without hats remain under covered areas.
  • Babies under 12 months will not be exposed to direct sunlight and will remain in dense shade when outside.
  • Educators/Staff are to model appropriate sun safe practices of hats, shirts and sunscreen. Visitors will also be encouraged to do the same.
  • From October to March sun protection is required at all times, the Service will schedule outdoor play before 11am and after 3pm. If the need arises to be outdoors during 11am to 3pm extra sun protection will be enforced.
  • From April to September children will be able to go outdoors at any time however, from 10am to 2pm sun protection will be required.
  • *In June & July, the daily UV Index will be checked, If under 3, sun protection is not required.
    • The centre will take extra care with children who have very fair skin.
    • The children will have the opportunity to access outdoors at all times during the day with sun protection being used to encourage the continuity of good practice.
  • The sun protection policy will operate throughout the year.
  • Sun safety will be incorporated into the program to help educate children and instill positive attitudes and practices. Information will also be sent home to parent/guardians and families to help educate and encourage parent/guardians to adopt these practices.
  • When replacing shade, the Service will carry out a shade audit to maximise and effectively use shade products.

The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor will ensure that this policy is maintained and implemented at all times.



Education and Care Services National Regulation 2011
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
Guide to the National Quality Standard 2011
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011
National Health and Medical Research Council 
NSW department of Health 
The Cancer Council NSW


The policy will be reviewed annually. Review will be conducted by management, employees, parents and any interested parties.