How to keep kids safe in the sun
1. Stay in the shade when possible
It's a good idea to stay in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest - try and get into the habit of heading indoors between 11am and 3pm, or use a parasol or a play tent to provide some shade.
2. Use a good suncream
Make sure you wear sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget your shoulders, the back of your neck, the tops of your ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of your feet. Ask an adult to help you put on your suncream. (Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection)
3. Keep topping up the suncream
Try and put sun cream on at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if you have been swimming or paddling.
4. Always pack a sunhat
It's a good idea to wear a floppy sunhat that protects your face and neck whenever you are out in the sun.
5. Drink lots of water
Make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. (Encourage children to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around).