Centres now sun smart for 15 years

SUNSMART: Simone Dunn, Jhye Stimson and Archie Francis stay safe in the sun at Toybox Community Childcare Centre.
SUNSMART: Simone Dunn, Jhye Stimson and Archie Francis stay safe in the sun at Toybox Community Childcare Centre.

Port Lincoln child care centres Kiddywinks Child Care Centre and Toybox Community Childcare Centre are celebrating 15 years as members of Cancer Council's SunSmart program.

They were among 57 South Australian schools and early childhood centres recognised for Sunsmart membership milestones during National Skin Cancer Action Week from November 17 to 23, demonstrating their long-term commitment to reducing the risks of skin cancer.

Cancer Council SA chief executive Lincoln Size said the SunSmart Program recognised best-practice sun protection strategies and was free to join, including support, curriculum resources and a SunSmart sign.

"In South Australia, the UV is high enough to damage skin for most of the year so prioritising sun protection and awareness from an early age is vital," he said.

"Our message to all schools and centres is that if you're not a part of the SunSmart Program, contact us to find out how to join."

To receive SunSmart status schools and early childhood centres must have a comprehensive sun protection policy; provide, or be working towards, adequate shade facilities; ensure children and staff are well-protected when the UV radiation level is three and above, particularly during peak UV times of the day, during terms 1, 3 and 4; teach, role model and reinforce positive skin protection behaviours; and undertake policy reviews every three years.

To check the SunSmart status of any South Australian school or early childhood centre visit sunsmart.org.au.

For more information about the SunSmart Program visit sunsmart.org.au or call Cancer Council 13 11 20.