SunSmart Recommendations for Childcare Services

The SunSmart Program has 10 recommendations services need to include in their sun protection policy to join the program based on advice from The World Health Organization.
Following are the SunSmart recommendations and some resources which can help you implement them in your service.

1. Scheduling Outdoor Activities
2. Shade
3. Hats
4. Clothing
5. Sunscreen
6. Babies
7. Role Modelling
8. Education and Information
9. Policy Availability
10. Review


Scheduling Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activity times and sun protection practices to include:

October – March: Minimise outdoor activity between 11am and 3pm (daylight saving time). Sun protection practices are required at all times when outside.

April- September: Outdoor activity can be planned at anytime at any time of the day. Sun protection practices are required between 10am-2pm except in June and July when the UV Index is mostly below 3 (in NSW).

All sun protection practices should be considered when planning excursions and all events held at the service.

Click here for a UV Alert poster you can use at your service to record the daily UV Index and what times you need sun protection! Simply print, laminate, and fill in every morning.


B0295All outdoor activities will be planned to occur in shaded areas. Play activities will be set up in the shade and moved throughout the day to take advantage of shade patterns.

The service will provide and maintain adequate shade for outdoor play. Shade options can include a combination of portable, natural and built shade. Regular shade assessments should be condcted to monitor existing shade structures and assist in planning for additional shade.

Planning more shade or want to assess what you already have? Open our Guidelines to Shade for more information.



Staff, educators and children are required to wear sun-safe hats that protect their face, neck and ears.
Sun-safe hats include:

  • bucket hats with a deep crown and brim of at least 5cm (adults 6cm)
  • broad-brimmed hats with a brim size of at least 6cm (adults 7.5cm)
  • legionnaire style hats.

Please note that baseball caps and visors are not sun-safe hats.

Children without a sun-safe hat are required to play in an area protected from the sun (e.g. under shade, veranda or indoors) or will be provided with a spare hat.

Click here to find out more about SunSmart hats!


Staff, educators and children are required to wear sun-safe clothing that covers as much of the skin (especially the shoulders , back and stomach) as possible. This includes wearing:

  • loose fitting shirts and dresses with sleeves and collars or covered necklines
  • longer styles skirts and shorts

Please note that midriff, crop and singlet tops are not sun-safe clothing.

Children without sun-safe clothing are required to play in an area protected from the sun (e.g. under shade, veranda or indoors) or will be provided with spare clothing.

Do you have concerns about vitamin D? Get some more info from our page on vitamin D here or check out this easy to read infographic.


Staff, educators and children are required to apply at least SPF30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours. Sunscreen is stored in a cool, dry place and the expiry date is monitored.

As a SunSmart centre Cancer Council NSW offers your service sunscreen at wholesale prices! Email us to find out more.


Babies under 12 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight and are to remain in full shade when outside. They are required to wear sun-safe hats and clothing, and small amounts of SPF30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen may be applied to their exposed skin.

For some more information on how to protect your baby in the sun click here.

Role Modelling

Staff and educators are required to act as role models and demonstrate sun-safe behaviour by:

  • wearing a sun-safe hat, clothing and sunscreen, and using shade
  • wearing sunglasses (optional) that comply with the AustralianStandard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4)
  • encouraging families and visitors to role model positive sun-safe behaviour when at the service.

Check out our SunSmart DVD- What will they remember you for?

Education and InformationCancerCouncil-0399

Services are required to incorporate sun protection information regularly into learning programs and communicate information to staff, educators, families and visitors.

Click here for our latest resources and newsletters!

Policy Availability

The Sun Protection Policy, updates and requirements will be made available to staff, educators, families and visitors.


Management, staff and educators will regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Sun Protection Policy.
The service’s Sun Protection Policy must be updated and submitted to Cancer Council NSW every three years to maintain SunSmart status.

 Is it time for your service to renew your SunSmart membership? Click here to find out how.

For more SunSmart resources for childcare services click here.