SunSmart Program

SunSmart Program for Childcare Services

SunSmart Program for  childcare services  is a successful national skin cancer prevention program that supports early childhood services in their efforts to reduce children’s exposure to UV radiation and thus reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Currently in the South West Region 115 childcare services are SunSmart, which equates to 72% of all childcare services.

The South West region has 7 Family Day Care Centres of which 100% are SunSmart.

All South West Region Childcare centres have the opportunity to apply for SunSmart Childcare status.

To be recognised as a SunSmart centre, childcare  services must have sun protection policies and practices that meet
best-practice  SunSmart guidelines. It’s easy to become a SunSmart service. Simply email or fax the contact details and agreement form, develop a sun protection policy, or update your current one, send it to Cancer  Council  NSW. You can apply at any time.

Follow these Steps:

1. Read the SunSmart guidelines for early childhood services and family day care schemes. These guidelines support you in developing a policy which reflects the latest SunSmart recommendations.

2. Complete the SunSmart Contact Details/Agreement form

3. Develop a sun protection policy
Decide if you would like to use your own sun protection policy OR adopt Cancer Councils sun protection policy. If you use our policy please complete the details on page 1.
Early childcare sun protection policy

Family day care sun protection policy

4. Submission of program documents
Email or fax the completed contact details and agreement form and sun protection policy. We will review your policy and may offer some suggestions to ensure that your policy meets current SunSmart recommendations.

5. Congratulations Pack
Once your application and policy are finalised you will recieve your free congratulations pack including your SunSmart sign, certificate and resources.

SunSmart Primary School Program

Currently in the South West Region we have 88 SunSmart primary schools which equates to 45% of the region, we are working hard to increase these figures.

The SunSmart School Program is free to join.

Complete the following simple steps to join the program:

1. Complete the Contact Details/Partnership Commitment

2. Develop a Sun Protection Policy
To join the program you need to submit a copy of your school’s Sun Protection Policy to ensure it covers the 10 SunSmart  recommendations.

We recognise each school faces different challenges and may not be able to implement all recommendations immediately. The good news is you can still join the program. The SunSmart team can help you to identify the recommendations your school is currently implementing and those you can plan to implement in the future.

Choose to either:

- Use this Sun Protection Policy for your school by completing the form

OR

- Update your school’s current Sun Protection Policy to cover the 10 recommendations.

3. Submit program documents
Send in your completed Contact Details/Partnership Commitment and Sun Protection Policy. We will contact you to confirm your application. We will review your policy and may offer some suggestions to ensure that your policy meets SunSmart recommendations.

4. Congratulations pack
Once your application is finalised you will receive your free congratulations pack including your SunSmart sign, certificate and resources.

 

Skin Cancer- Gets the facts and Save Your Own Skin

Anyone can develop skin cancer, but if you are over 55, you are in a group that is most at risk. In fact, 6 in 10 people with melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) are over 55. In Australia 8000 are diagnosed with melanoma every year and 1300 people die from melanoma each year.

Factors such as your skin type, the colour of your eyes, the number of times you have been sunburnt, and any history of previous skin cancers all increase your risk for developing the disease.

The good news is that 95% of melanomas are treatable if caught early. Some ways to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun include:

- Wearing a wide brimmed hat
- Applying broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30 sunscreen twenty minutes before going out into the sun and reapplying every two hours;
-Wearing protective clothing such as collared and long sleeved shirts

The Cancer Council NSW has developed a booklet, which explains what you need to do to spot skin cancer in time for treatment, where to check, what to look for, and what action can be taken. it can literally save your skin and save your life. A melanoma can become deadly in as little as six weeks, but remember, 95% of melanomas are cured if detected and treated early.

If you have further questions, please contact our Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20

Skin Cancer Prevention Tip

Glass reduces but does not block transmission of UV radiation, so you can still get burnt in the car or through a window. So when driving long distances be sure to wear long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses!