Children must bring a hat to Nursery Two. Wearing a hat will protect your child's skin and eyes from the sun's harmful rays.
SPF = Sun Protection Factor
SPF measures how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn and can contribute to skin cancer.
If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 mins longer). This is a rough estimate and depends on skin type, sun intensity, and amount of sunscreen.
For best protection always reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or more.
At Nursery Two Child Care, we use sunscreen that is always SPF 30 or higher. Hats are worn, and we always take the humidex and UV rating into consideration before taking the children outdoors.
- Plan to be outside in the early morning, or late afternoon. - Stay in the shade and out of the hot sun between 11 AM and 4 PM. If you are outside during these hours, protect your skin with long pants/sleeves, sunglasses, and a hat that shades you from the sun. - Choose a sunscreen that says "broad-spectrum" on the label. It will screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays. - Apply suncreen 20 minutes before you go out and reapply 20 minutes after being out in the sun to ensure your protection. - Common areas missed: lips, ears and nose. These parts of your body burn easily so make sure to remember them! - Sunscreen gets washed off with water and sweat. If you are sweating, or are in water, reapply sunscreen regularly.