Pilling St John’s CE Primary School
Sun Safety Policy for KS1 and KS2
Too much exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) radiation from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of skin cancer.
We can help prevent skin cancer in future generations because:
- We can play a significant role in changing behaviours through role modelling and education from an early age.
- Children and staff are at risk of sunburn within 10-15 minutes of being exposed to strong sunlight.
- Skin cancer is largely preventable through behaviour modification and sun protection.
The main elements of this policy are:
- Partnership: working with parents/guardians, staff and the wider community to reinforce awareness about sun safety.
- Education: learning about sun safety to increase knowledge and influence behaviour.
- Protection: providing an environment that enables children and staff to stay safe in the sun.
- Sun safety will be promoted through working with parents, staff and the wider community to improve our understanding and provision to avoid the harmful effects of too much exposure to ultraviolet light (UV).
- Staff should act as positive role models and set a good example by seeking out the shade whenever possible and wearing suitable clothing, hat and sunscreen.
- Parents and guardians will be asked through letters/newsletters to support this policy by encouraging their children to adopt the Slip, Slop, Slap message and act as role models.
- Children will learn the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ Song which will help them remember the basic Sun Safe message
- Staff will regularly reinforce the sun safe messaging through discussion.
- The school playground has shade provided either by the school building, outdoor shelters, trees and we use temporary ‘den’ canopies etc, particularly important for use during outdoor play during hot and sunny conditions.
- Children will be encouraged to use the shaded areas during outdoor play as appropriate.
- The children will be encouraged to wear clothes that provide good sun protection.
- Parents/guardians will be duly informed of the importance that children come to school with appropriate sun hats and wearing sunscreen.
- The school will provide spare appropriate sun hats and quality sunscreen (for parents to apply) on site at all times.
- Children are encouraged to increase their water intake in hot weather and are encouraged to drink water provided outside during outdoor play in hot weather