A Cancer Council Publication Printed on recycled paper INSIDE NEWS: Make the CENtrE ProfIlE: fAQS: Sun INforMAtIoN for fAMIlIES ANd CArErS: most of SunSmart protective Photocopy and distribute shade success shoes SunSmart News Sun protection news and information for childcare services www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart Autumn 2009 | Issue 12 A great example of effective use of shade Make the most of shade Shade is an integral element of all day at your services (keeping in mind that as they require minimal support structures. childcare service play areas, however this will be different throughout the year), Make sure you seek professional help when many services contact Cancer downloading a copy of Cancer Council’s using shade cloth, however, as different Council uncertain if they are providing Early Childhood Services Shade Information cloth provides different levels of protection adequate shade. Getting the amount of Sheet for further guidance or by seeking and its effectiveness is undermined if shade right is one of the most effective professional advice from an architect. The incorrectly installed. The amount of shade ways to protect against UV radiation audit may also identify a need to improve protection a fabric provides is expressed so it’s important to get it right. We’ve the shade at your services. in terms of its ultraviolet protection factor created guidelines to assist you in (UPF) rating. Look for shade that provides complying with licensing requirements There are several shade options available: at least 94% protection (UPF 15) from and getting the most out of your • Natural, eg. trees direct UV radiation. Shade cloths made outdoor spaces all year round. • Permanent systems, eg. pergolas and from tightly woven fabrics that have been verandahs given a UPF rating can provide protection Creating shade • Adjustable systems , eg. canvas from as much as 97% UV radiation. Most services use a variety of built, awnings or louvres natural and portable shade to create • Shade sails, which can be permanent or Shade + SunSmart play areas. Protective shade demountable. Be aware that shade doesn’t provide 100 needs to cast a dark shadow and allow per cent protection against UV radiation – for daily and seasonal sun movement. Not all shade sails are equal sun safe hats and clothing and sunscreen Shade sails are a popular cost-effective are also needed when the UV index is 3 Use shade wisely way of providing shade over large areas, or above. A shade audit can help you make the best use of the shade you already have by identifying existing shaded areas and adjusting your activity timetable to Shade Information Sheets coincide with shade patterns. the new ‘Shade for Early Childhood adequate shade for children and staff. Services’ information sheet provides Conducting a shade audit an excellent overview about the to download the shade information You can do your own shade audit (or importance of shade. It also explains sheet visit www.cancercouncil.com. shade needs assessment) by taking note how to go about effective planning and au/sunsmart or phone the SunSmart of where shade falls over the course of the design to ensure your service is providing Info line 02 9334 1761. page 1 SunSmart News | Autumn 2009 | Issue 12 Centre profile Editor’s message SunSmart success With shade being What did the 2 year such an important review involve? part of effective It was a simple process. We checked sun protection to see if on a day to day basis we were measures, our still adhering to our policy and also cover story compared it against current information outlines the basics from the Cancer Council (information of assessing and effectively using we were able to get very easily from shade at your service. We have more the website). The only changes we comprehensive resources specifically made were some further definitions of for early childhood services available via terms that we had used – defining what our website so please take advantage ‘minimising outdoor activities’ actually of them. means so that it is easier for staff to put it into practice. This month, centres who have been with the program for two years will How has the SunSmart program receive a reminder letter to resubmit Teachers and children from Norwest Child helped your centre? your sun protection policy. Please Care Centre There is a lot of different information contact us on (02) 9334 1761 or email out there; it’s nice to be able to rely firstname.lastname@example.org if you Lorna King is the director of Norwest on one agency to provide up-to-date need any help. Child Care Centre in Baulkham information and guidelines that also Hills. It’s a large centre with a team reflect best practice. It is reassuring to A special thank you to Lorna King at of 27 staff members caring for up get a tick of approval for our sun safe Norwest Child Care Centre for sharing to 180 children. Two years into the policy so that we can be sure we are their story with us. We congratulate them SunSmart Program, Lorna has just doing the best we can. With so many on their great work. Please send us your completed the review process and staff and families it is hard to always be news as we would love to feature what shares with us the ways it has helped consistent but our policy is now very your centre is doing so others can benefit her centre. clear and easy to follow. from the successes you’ve had. Why did you join the What changes in sun protection And finally, as usual, we’ve included a SunSmart Program? behaviour have you seen over parent page for you to photocopy and We were finding it difficult to consistently the past two years? distribute to families to help keep them in implement our previous sun safety policy, A few years ago when our sun safe the SunSmart loop. especially with parents forgetting to bring policy wasn’t as thorough, we constantly hats or not putting on the sunscreen that had staff and children in the playground Until next issue, we have available in the foyer. Becoming without hats. Now we never have to part of this program, with a huge sign remind staff to wear hats and children Kym Buffett out the front and a comprehensive sun are getting the message that when they protection policy available, gave parents are outside, they must always wear and staff an understanding and an a hat – even our babies are better at everyday reminder that we take sun safety wearing hats. very seriously. What’s on at Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – May 28 Getting your service involved in Australia’s Last year Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Biggest Morning Tea to raise money raised more than $10 million Australia for cancer is as simple as brewing your wide. Money raised by our generous hosts favourite cuppa. The children will love and their guests goes towards cancer being part of a grown-up tea party too. research, services for cancer patients, All you need to do is invite parents and as well as education and prevention friends to morning tea and ask them to programs such as the SunSmart Program. make a donation to the Cancer Council. In the future we want less people to hear One in two Australians will be diagnosed the words ‘you have cancer’. with cancer in their lifetime so you can be sure people in your community will be To register to host or to make a donation keen to support the cause. The official visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call date is May 28, but you can hold your 1300 65 65 85. morning (or afternoon!) tea anytime in May. A very grown up tea party! page 2 SunSmart News | Autumn 2009 | Issue 12 Are you a SunSmart service? Resources If your service is not yet officially 3. To instil confidence in parents Free CD part of Cancer Council’s SunSmart Families are increasingly concerned Become a SunSmart service in 2009 Program (that is, you do not have a about choosing childcare that meets the and you will receive a free Cd with an SunSmart sign to display at the front health needs of their child. Becoming updated version of the “SunSmart Song” of your service) you may be wondering SunSmart displays your commitment to featuring Play School’s Justine Clarke. why you are receiving this newsletter. sun protection to both families and the the song helps teach and reinforce Cancer Council is committed to community. On being recognised as a SunSmart behaviour and makes getting providing information about sun SunSmart service you receive a large ready to play safely outside fun for the protection to assist all services to metal sign to display and you will also children at your service. minimise skin cancer risk. All services have access to ongoing support from the are able to access Cancer Council SunSmart team. resources from the website or by ordering online. If you have not yet received support with your service’s sun protection policy, now is the time to contact us for three very good reasons: 1. To develop a best practice policy Your current sun protection policy may not be up to date with the latest recommendations or cover all your sun protection strategies. Cancer Council offers a free review to help ensure If you are already SunSmart you will your policy is comprehensive and best automatically receive a frEE copy of practice, so you can be confident you are this Cd. providing a safe environment. 200 sun-safe hats to give away 2. To meet licensing and Simply go online and complete the accreditation requirements simple shade survey for your chance to Joining the SunSmart Program helps win this great prize. the first 20 services you to meet licensing requirements. The to complete the survey will each receive Department of Community Services and an assortment of 10 children’s sun-safe the National Childcare Accreditation hats valued at over $160.00. Go to the to become a member of the Council refer childcare services to Cancer early childhood section of SunSmart Program call the SunSmart Council for information and expert advice www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart Info line on (02) 9334 1761 or email: on skin cancer prevention. email@example.com page 3 SunSmart News | Autumn 2009 | Issue 12 FAQs Stop the statistics! “Every year, around 1600 Australians Q: What should we do if children Q: Can we reduce some of our arrive wearing open sandals? sun protection now that summer die from skin cancer” is gone? Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer A: The top of the feet are very vulnerable in the world. Almost one in two people who to sunburn as the skin is rarely exposed, You should check regularly the UV grow up here get some form of skin cancer. is thin and many people forget to apply SunSmart Alert on Cancer Council’s The major cause of skin cancer is UV sunscreen there. Skin cancer can website. Remember whenever radiation from the sun. and does occur on the feet, including UV levels are 3 and above skin on the soles and between the toes. damage and skin cancer can occur But the good news is that you can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer by Closed-in shoes provide better sun so good sun protection measures protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. protection and if children are wearing are needed. In most parts of NSW, sandals, thongs or other open-toed June and July are the only months Exposure to the sun in childhood and footwear don’t forget to apply SPF30+ when the UV levels drop below 3. adolescence is an important factor in broad-spectrum water-resistant the development of skin cancer in later sunscreen on their feet too. life. Sunburn in childhood is a particular risk factor. Exposure in adulthood also plays a part. Current scientific evidence suggests that the damage to cells is done in childhood but exposure to UV radiation in adult years triggers skin cancer. 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SunSmart News is produced by the Skin Cancer Prevention Unit of Cancer Council NSW. Editor: Kym Buffet | Writer: Samantha Dunn | Designer: Alex Just | Contact: Kym Buffet SunSmart News PO Box 572 Kings Cross NSW 1340. Tel: 02 9334 1761 Fax: 02 8302 3529 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org page 4 Please photocopy this sheet to distribute to families and carers Printed on recycled paper SunSmart News Sun protection news and information for childcare services www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart Autumn 2009 | Issue 12 A great example of effective use of shade What’s on at Cancer Council Make the most Shade + Be aware that shade doesn’t provide 100 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea of shade per cent protection against UV radiation Get involved in Australia’s Biggest Getting the amount of shade right is one of – sun safe hats, clothing and sunscreen Morning Tea and help raise money for the most effective ways to protect against are also needed when the UV index is 3 cancer. Why not encourage your childcare UV radiation. Cancer Council has created or above. service to hold a morning tea where guidelines to assist services in complying parents and staff can make a donation to with licensing requirements and getting the the Cancer Council? The children will love most out of their outdoor spaces all year round. As a parent you may want to check FAQs being part of a grown-up tea party too. The official date is May 28, but the event Q: Can we reduce some of our sun out the guidelines when thinking about protection now that summer is gone? can take place anytime in May. Last year SunSmart play areas for your children at You should regularly check the SunSmart Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea raised home or what to look for when you’re out UV Alert on Cancer Council’s website. more than $10 million Australia wide. and about in parks and playgrounds. Remember whenever UV levels are 3 and above, skin damage can occur so To register to host or to make a donation The basics continue to slip, slop, slap and seek visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or Shade can be built, natural or portable. shade. In most parts of NSW, June and call 1300 65 65 85. Protective shade needs to cast a dark July are the only months when the UV shadow and allow for daily and seasonal levels drop below 3. sun movement. Not all shade sails are equal Is your childcare Shade sails are a popular cost-effective way of providing shade over large areas, as service SunSmart? they require minimal support structures. It If your service is not yet officially part of is important to seek professional help when Cancer Council’s SunSmart Program using shade cloth, however, as different (that is, they don’t have a SunSmart sign cloth provides different levels of protection on display) why not encourage them to and its effectiveness is undermined if send their sun protection policy to the incorrectly installed. The amount of shade Cancer Council. Cancer Council’s free protection a fabric provides is expressed review will help ensure that your service’s in terms of its ultraviolet protection factor policy is up to date with the latest For more on shade (UPF) rating. Look for shade that provides recommendations and covers all their sun Go to www.cancercouncil.com.au/ at least 94% protection (UPF 15) from protection strategies. sunsmart if you’re interested in reading direct UV radiation. more about shade. You’ll find a variety of information sheets to download.