SunSmart Services – ECEC and OSHC
Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence greatly increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life. Babies and children are often in child care or at kindergarten during the peak UV times during the day, making it essential for early childhood centres to not only have practices in place to protect the children in their care but also to educate and role model the importance of sun protection. The SunSmart program for early childhood education and care (ECEC) and out of school hours care (OSHC) aims to minimise exposure to UV radiation from the sun and influence sun protection behaviours.
Why become a SunSmart member?
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s National Quality Standard requires all childcare services to have a sun protection policy. Early childhood and OSHC services have a duty of care to minimise children’s exposure to the sun and provide an environment that encourages sun protection behaviours.
The SunSmart program assists services to develop and maintain sun protection policies and put them into action.
Joining the SunSmart program demonstrates a commitment to securing the future health and well-being of children and staff.
SunSmart services comply with the following minimum standards:
- A sun protection policy is implemented whenever the UV Index reaches 3 or above.
- All children and staff wear a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hat when outside.
- The use of SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen is required.
- Sun protective clothing is required.
- Play experiences about sun protection are included in the education program.
- The sun protection policy is reflected in the planning of all outdoor events
- Outdoor experiences are rescheduled, whenever possible, to minimise time outdoors when the UV Index is 8 and above.
- The service has sufficient shade or is working towards increasing shade in the outdoor play space.
- The service reviews its sun protection policy regularly (at least once every two years).
- SunSmart membership will be reassessed every three years to confirm sun protection practices.
How to join the SunSmart Services program
To become a SunSmart Service, simply:
- Develop and implement a sun protection policy. A SunSmart sample policy (Word) is available for ECEC and OSHC to adapt. Background information is available in the Best Practice Guidelines for Early Childhood and OSHC Services.
- Complete an application form online. For information on details we collect, please see our Privacy Collection Statement.
A joining fee is payable upon qualification as a SunSmart member.
ECEC/long day care/occasional care and similar: $75 (incl GST)
Family Day Care services: $75 (incl GST)
Out of School Hours Care services: $50 (incl GST)
Renewal of SunSmart membership: no charge
Replacement sign fee: $50 (incl GST)
SunSmart members receive:
- ‘We are SunSmart’ metal fence sign;
- SunSmart membership certificate;
- Supporting resources to assist staff in promoting sun protection; and
- Ongoing updates, support and advice.
For more information please email the SunSmart Education Coordinator or call (08) 9212 4333.
Cancer Council WA requires SunSmart services to review their sun protection policy every three years to maintain their SunSmart membership. Renewal of membership is free of charge to the original centre management.