Meela Child Care Centre created a Sun Protection policy to ensure that all children attending the centre are protected from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun. The policy will be implemented the whole year round and documented below are key items:
- Whilst playing outdoors all children will be required to wear a sun hat and sunscreen.
- Parents are asked to provide a sun hat that can be left at the centre. Hats will be laundered once per week or as required.
- The centre recommends that children wear loose fitting clothing that protect as much of the skin as possible for outdoor activities. Please make sure that shirts cover the shoulders, back and have sleeves.
- During the months of September through to May children will not play outside in direct sunlight during the hours of 10 am to 3 pm.
- Cancer Foundation SPF 30+ sunscreen will be provided for children and will be applied 15 minutes before going outside. For hygiene reasons sunscreen will be applied by using a tissue. If your child has an allergy to sunscreen we ask that you supply the sunscreen that is used at home.
- Sunscreen will not be applied to infants under 12 months old, infants will be kept covered and remain in shaded areas whilst outside.
Meela Child Care Centre believes it plays an important role in promoting and implementing good oral health practices in young children. Meela follows the Health Department of W.A guidelines to avoid prolonged contact with children’s teeth and sugary foods and drinks therefore discourage the use of children’s bottles that contain milk or sweetened juice for sleep/rest time. Meela offers apple and water after meals, to reduce the risk of sugary build up on your children’ teeth.