SunSmart Early Childhood Services
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 and out of school hours care (OSHC) aims to minimise exposure to UV radiation from the sun and influence sun protection behaviours.
To learn more about the SunSmart program click on the links below:
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 centres 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 childcare and early learning 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. The program is open to child care, family day care schemes, OSHC and early learning services.
SunSmart members 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.
- SunSmart services will be reassessed every three years to confirm sun protection practices.
To become a SunSmart Centre, simply:
- Develop and implement a sun protection policy. A SunSmart early childhood sample policy (Word, 111kb) and a SunSmart OSHC policy (Word, 111kb) is available for services to adapt. If you need help developing a sun protection policy, the SunSmart Child Care: a guide for service providers booklet is packed full of sun protection advice, information and tools for policy and shade development. Find it on our publications page.
- Complete an application form online or download the SunSmart Application Form (pdf, 205kb). For information on details we collect, please see our Privacy Collection Statement (pdf, 51kb).
A joining fee is payable upon qualification as a SunSmart member.
Child Care Centres: $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:
- A metal ‘We are SunSmart Centre sign;
- SunSmart Centre membership certificate;
- A 20% discount at the Cancer Council Shop in Subiaco;
- Supporting resources to assist staff and parents 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.