Friday, 7 November 2014

Moore Pre School Nursery Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Moore Pre School Nursery for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Moore Pre School Nursery have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“our children enjoyed singing the song and the older ones talked about what it means”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)


“we will regularly use the resources to reinforce the sun safe message to our children”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)

Moore Pre School Nursery is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Moore Pre School Nursery for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“we found this engaging and fun, thank you”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Twinkle Tots Day Care is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Twinkle Tots Day Care for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“thank you, resources are great ”

(Rachel Caveney - Twinkle Tots Day Care )

Twinkle Tots Day Care Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Twinkle Tots Day Care for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Twinkle Tots Day Care has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“These will be kept on record and handed out accordingly ”

(Rachel Caveney - Twinkle Tots Day Care )


“These will be kept on record and handed out accordingly ”

(Rachel Caveney - Twinkle Tots Day Care )

Twinkle Tots Day Care Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Twinkle Tots Day Care for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Twinkle Tots Day Care have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“the children enjoyed this”

(Rachel Caveney - Twinkle Tots Day Care )


“the resources will be used regularly ”

(Rachel Caveney - Twinkle Tots Day Care )

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“Brilliant and in Children's bags ready :)”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)


“Always have a supply.”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)

Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“I have read the book and find it very interesting, I have share it with my own children and they George is a real superstar and can save a young person getting burnt.”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)


“We will continue to use the resources during our sessions to keep children and parents aware of the importance of sun safety.”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)

Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care

“We have an outdoor canopy which shaded the children we also have plastic sides for bad weather.



I have sent you a before image and will take a picture and send you an after picture.”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)

Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“I found the process fantastic and easy, the materials were really useful and the whole process has been good.”

(Ruth Phillips - Ulceby Pre-School And Wrap Around Care)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“Thank you for providing an easy program that enables us to inform new parents of the dangers of the sun, in simple basic language that both parents and children understand. Well Done and Thank you Anne Brewster Hillview Pre-school”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)

Monday, 6 October 2014

Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup

“Outside we are lucky enough to have a large tree that provides a shaded area over most of the outside play area. We have recently been given funding to purchase a canopy that provides shade in the summer months and cover from the rain in the winter”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)

Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“Parents are given a sun safe leaflet when they register their child with our setting and throughout the year especially the summer season”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)


“The setting have legionnaire hats for each child that attends the setting and staff have their own hats on the premises. Childrens parents are asked to put sun protection on their child before the session. Children who attent all day, parents are asked to bring in sun protection for their child with their name on it so children can top up their own protection.”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)

Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“we have used the Slip Slop and Slap song and the story of George since last year. The children are now familiar with the song and the story of George. Report back from one of the parents that their child sang the song when on holiday when they were putting sun prtection on their child.”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)


“The resources are brilliant and we have used them throughout the year and we continue to do so. It has proved that the message is getting thorough to the parent as well as the children in regards to prtecting themselves against the rays of the sun”

(Anne Brewster - Hillview Under Fives Pre-school Playgroup)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Little Arks Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Little Arks for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Little Arks have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“Children had a great time and loved the story. ”

(Amanda Seaman - Little Arks)


“I pledge to regularly use the resources.”

(Amanda Seaman - Little Arks)

Little Arks Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Little Arks for pledging to explore options regarding providing shaded areas for children during breaks outside.

“I pledge to provide outdoor area for sunshade. ”

(Amanda Seaman - Little Arks)

Little Arks Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Little Arks for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Little Arks has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“Parents gave good feedbacl telling me that this made the setting more attractive. ”

(Amanda Seaman - Little Arks)


“Great advertisement for the setting. ”

(Amanda Seaman - Little Arks)

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sheilaschildcare Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Sheilaschildcare for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Sheilaschildcare have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“As all the children in my setting love reading books this was a very good way to get the sunsafe message accross”

(Sheila Holman - Sheilaschildcare)


“I have always been very strict about our sun safety and will always continue to be so. The resources provided will be used to teach the children regularly”

(Sheila Holman - Sheilaschildcare)

Sheilaschildcare Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Sheilaschildcare for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Sheilaschildcare

“I have an event shelter that provides shade for the children”

(Sheila Holman - Sheilaschildcare)

Sheilaschildcare Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Sheilaschildcare for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Sheilaschildcare has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“I have saved these documents and will give copies to all new parents who join my setting.”

(Sheila Holman - Sheilaschildcare)


“In my setting we are all very vigilant about our sun safety, always using appropriate protection”

(Sheila Holman - Sheilaschildcare)

Friday, 29 August 2014

JCB Service Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Training Employees about Solar UVR

Congratulations to JCB Service for training employees about solarUVR, the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and how to work safely in the sun.

“Conclusion and Feedback

This has been a really beneficial campaign for us and our employees have really felt the benefit both in receiving information / education and extra items of work wear. It also gave me a better focus on the weather conditions these individuals are exposed to.

The information provided on your website is excellent, although I could not access the leaflets for handing out at the time.

Our Occupational Health Department have helped promote this by offering mole mapping clinics and have invested in the appropriate machinery to do this. This offers our employees the opportunity to get early detection if they think they have any skin issues.

I did find that a lot of the people I have spoken about during this campaign were not aware of all of the facts about skin cancer and the different forms it can come in. Showing pictures and illustrations has helped us to demonstrate this better and raise awareness.”

(Kelly Haughton - JCB Service)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

JCB Service Completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Sun Protection Policy

Congratulations to JCB Service for creating a Sun Protection Policy including why and how the solar UVR risk is to be managed in the workplace

“Here is evidence that we have written a Sun Safe Policy and included it into our 18001 Safety Management Policy which is signed for my the Managing Director. This policy is review by the Management team annually.”

(Kelly Haughton - JCB Service)

JCB Service Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Sun Protection Control Measures

Congratulations to JCB Service for implementing control measures to minimise the risk of exposure to solar UVR.

“Led by the Health & Safety Team all those identified as “outdoor workers” were individually Risk Assessed. There were under 10 people identified at different levels of exposure throughout the day. Discussions were held with each individual whilst carrying out the Risk Assessments and nobody had ever been sunburnt whilst at work. Information was given about the Sun Safe Campaign and why we were undertaking this. Facts and figures were given. Working with these individuals it was determined that SPF rated wide brimmed Hats and anti glare UV rated wrap around glasses would be offered and Sun Cream Stations were installed into their areas. The Stations have information on regarding the UV Rating and this is changed daily by their area Team Leader. This information is taken directly from the Skcin website. A Campaign was launched and a promotional board was displayed in the main Canteen containing all the information from the Skcin website. Engineering controls were explore”

(Kelly Haughton - JCB Service)

JCB Service Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Risk Assessment

Congratulations to JCB Service for completing a UVR Exposure Risk Assessment for their employees.

“A Sample Risk Assessment has been uploaded. We have identified our "Outdoor Workers" and carried out individual Risk Assessments with each of them as they may do slightly different jobs or exposure times may vary. We have used your template which was easy to use and got us to the pertinent answers quickly.”

(Kelly Haughton - JCB Service)

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tiny Toez @ Tividale Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Tiny Toez @ Tividale for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Tiny Toez @ Tividale has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“All letters have been given back and are now available in the child's individual folders. These are now given out as part of the child's enrolment. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)


“All children have their own sun hats and sun screen that is kept at nursery and applied as and when needed. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)

Tiny Toez @ Tividale Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Tiny Toez @ Tividale for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Tiny Toez @ Tividale have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“Children have engaged really well with the slip slap slop song. They sing it as we are putting on the sun cream. The children have really enjoyed the story of George and the sun safe superstar. I have had to email the PDF version to parents. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)


“I will use all the resources with the children. The children have been reminding their parents about the sun screen. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)

Tiny Toez @ Tividale is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Tiny Toez @ Tividale for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“It has been a fantastic way of involving children and their parents or carers about looking after their skin. It is something we have always done but never thought of a way to really involve the children. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Moore Pre School Nursery Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Moore Pre School Nursery for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Moore Pre School Nursery has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“we pledge that we are sending the letter and fact sheet to all of our parents and newcomers and these will be kept on record ”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)


“our nursery staff will act as appropriate role models with regard to sun safety”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)

Moore Pre School Nursery Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Moore Pre School Nursery for pledging to explore options regarding providing shaded areas for children during breaks outside.

“we supply a small shaded area but are investigating the options available to increase this area and make improvements”

(Shirley Boyd - Moore Pre School Nursery)

Phoenix Pre-school is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Phoenix Pre-school for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“As a manager I am committed to ensuring that children and adults are safe in the sun.

As a pre-school we are grateful of the sun safe accreditation and the support, advise and resources provided.

I feel that the accreditation gives impetuous to our sun safe efforts and commitment.”

(Karen Glassborow - Phoenix Pre-school)

Phoenix Pre-school Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Phoenix Pre-school for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Phoenix Pre-school have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“We enjoyed singing the Slip, Slop, Slap song with the children, prior to the Summer break.

Children and parents alike are used to us talking about slipping on a long sleeved top, slopping on appropriate sunscreen and slapping on a hat.

We have ensured that we have spare long sleeved tops.

We provide sun screen, that parents have authorised us to use (written permission in the registration form).

We have many spare hats for both children and adults.

Parents were interested in the information supplied.

I feel hopeful that we are getting the message across.

Thank you for helping us make this possible.”

(Karen Glassborow - Phoenix Pre-school)


“We are committed to ensuring that we reinforce safety in the sun.

We will keep the resources and use them to raise awareness with the parents and children.

Staff work together to support safety in the sun, at all times.”

(Karen Glassborow - Phoenix Pre-school)

Phoenix Pre-school Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Phoenix Pre-school for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Phoenix Pre-school

“We have been enjoying the fabric shade in the front garden.

In the mornings we allow the children to enjoy to the sunshine but when it becomes stronger we encourage them to play under the shade.

We are fortunate in that we also have a large sycamore tree which provides shade, as well as a small side, nature garden, which is shaded by the building.

We also insist that children and staff wear hats if they want to play in the garden.

Parents have responded well to the Sun Safe Nurseries advice.”

(Karen Glassborow - Phoenix Pre-school)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tiny Toez @ Tividale Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Tiny Toez @ Tividale for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Tiny Toez @ Tividale

“Outside the childcare rooms there is decking area that is covered by the building that provide shade for all the children. We also have a large willow tree that is a shaded area through the summer. ”

(Lisa Jelf - Tiny Toez @ Tividale)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Midget Gems Day Nursery Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Midget Gems Day Nursery for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Midget Gems Day Nursery has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“Midget Gems Day Nursery has shared the sun safety letter with each of our families to ensure they are aware of the settings role and their role in protecting their children from the harmful effects of the sun.

each parent has received a letter and a signed declaration form has been obtained which we will keep on record.

sun safety factsheet and signature form has been attached to the settings registration documents to ensure all new families are aware of the settings pledge and sun safety policy.”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)


“Midget Gems Day nursery request all families to provide sun cream and a sun hat. Midget Gems Day Nursery also have spare hats and sun cream for children in the event a child has not brought a hat or suncream with them. Midget Gems Day Nursery practitioners will promote sun safety and will be role models while promoting awareness of sun safety with our children.”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)

Midget Gems Day Nursery Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Midget Gems Day Nursery for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Midget Gems Day Nursery

“The shaded area is situated in a nice shaded area of the nursery garden, children have a place to sit and rest and have shade from the sun. drinks are available for the children outdoors as well”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)

Midget Gems Day Nursery Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Midget Gems Day Nursery for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Midget Gems Day Nursery have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“The story has been used as a valuable visual aid while we apply sun cream and also before/after.

The children 2-5 year olds have been engaged in the story and are becoming aware of the rhyme of the story. George is a super star hero and this has gained the children's attentions as they are currently fascinated by super hero's at the moment!

the children have been able to give feedback and have talked amongst themselves and even acted out being George while putting on their sun cream.”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)


“The resources will be repeatedly used on a daily basis, we will continue to develop parents and carers knowledge on the importance of protecting their children from the suns harmful effects, and ensure all new families sign a pledge and purchase sun cream and sun hats for their children.

Midget Gems Day Nursery will promote all children's sun awareness through using the resources from this safety scheme.”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)

Midget Gems Day Nursery is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Midget Gems Day Nursery for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“This sun safety scheme has helped the setting to promote children's and parents awareness of sun safety. The resources are brilliant and target even the youngest of children with the story book George the sun safety super start/hero. ”

(Maria Stockman - Midget Gems Day Nursery)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Costain Ltd Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Sun Protection Control Measures

Congratulations to Costain Ltd for implementing control measures to minimise the risk of exposure to solar UVR.

“Very useful and informative resurces”

(Sharon Lawton - Costain Ltd)

Costain Ltd Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Risk Assessment

Congratulations to Costain Ltd for completing a UVR Exposure Risk Assessment for their employees.

“The resources have been an essential guideline in assisting us, thank you”

(Sharon Lawton - Costain Ltd)

Costain Ltd Completes Step 4 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Sun Protection Policy

Congratulations to Costain Ltd for creating a Sun Protection Policy including why and how the solar UVR risk is to be managed in the workplace

“Resource was very useful as a guide”

(Sharon Lawton - Costain Ltd)

St Matthews Preschool Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to St Matthews Preschool for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.St Matthews Preschool have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“Started teaching the Slip slop song during the very hot weather and children love the repeating refrain especially. Book went down well with the 3 and 4 year olds.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)


“To protect the children we will reinforce the message of sun safety regularly - making it a part of our routines.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)

BAE Systems/Ridsdale Range Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Workplace - Sun Protection Control Measures

Congratulations to BAE Systems/Ridsdale Range for implementing control measures to minimise the risk of exposure to solar UVR.

“the resources were extremely helpful”

(Matthew Crofton - BAE Systems/Ridsdale Range)

Saturday, 2 August 2014

St Matthews Preschool is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to St Matthews Preschool for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“Gaining Sun Safe Nursery Status reassures parents that we care about the safety of their children when outside exploring. In September we will ask our preschool committee to come in and present our certificate and place it on our website.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Playmates Day Nursery Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Playmates Day Nursery for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Playmates Day Nursery have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“The children enjoyed listening to the story. They were able to understand the need to cover up, use protection against the sun (creams and shaded areas). A very useful addition to the nursery's own sun safe environment”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)


“We will ensure existing and new parents will be informed of our sun safe policy, as a useful addition to our own sun safe environment”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)

Playmates Day Nursery is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Playmates Day Nursery for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“We are already very aware of the danger the sun. this programme is a useful way of reinforcing our message.”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Young Brits Disregard Skin Cancer Risks at Home



 

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Young Brits disregard skin cancer risks at home, says new report


 
15 July 2014: Brits are underestimating the risks of sun exposure when home in the UK, according to a new AXA PPP healthcare investigation* into attitudes to sun protection, with 18-24 year olds being the biggest culprits.

The study, based on a poll of 2000 adults, reveals widespread misconceptions about sun protection in the UK, with clear divides between gender and age.

Only a quarter (26 per cent) of 18-24 year olds say they take their personal sun protection seriously when at home in the UK, always applying a high level of sunscreen. It’s not surprising therefore that half of the respondents in this group admit to having been sun burned one or more times while in Britain in the past 12 months. This compares with older, evidently sun-wiser, respondents. Just 14 per cent of those aged 55+ and 23 per cent of those aged 45-54 said they’d been burnt by the British sun in the past year.

Young un-sun-savvy in so many ways
·         Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of 18-24 year olds think the sun in Britain is too weak and insufficiently dangerous for them to need sunscreen protection, compared with just 9 per cent and 10 per cent of those aged 55+ and 45-54, respectively.
·         Over two fifths (42 percent) of 18-24 year olds think they can’t get sunburn on a cloudy day in the UK, compared with 30 per cent of those aged 55+ and 32 per cent of those aged 45-54.
·         Over a third (37 per cent) of 18-24 year olds believe that spray-on tan will protect them from getting sun burn, compared with 14 per cent and 17 per cent of those aged 55+ and 45-54, respectively.
·         Nearly a third (31 per cent) of 18-24 year olds think that rubbing on vegetable oil will protect them from sun burn, compared with 10 per cent and 12 per cent of those aged 55+ and 45-54, respectively.
·         Lack of burn awareness even extended to dogs: only 39 per cent of 18-24 year olds knew that dogs can, in fact, get sun burn, compared with 56 per cent and 59 per cent of those aged 55+ and 45-54, respectively.

“It’s a surprisingly common belief that the sun is only strong enough to be harmful when abroad but people need to know that it can be just as dangerous in the UK and sun protection is not just something to think about when they go away on holiday,” says Dr Steve Iley, medical director for health services at AXA PPP healthcare.

Skin cancer is the UK’s most common cancer. Over 13,000 new cases of the most dangerous form, malignant melanoma, were diagnosed in 2011, along with over 100,000 cases of the less severe – and highly treatable – non-melanoma form of the disease. Excessive exposure to sunlight and increasing use of sunbeds are believed to have been major contributors to the growing numbers of people diagnosed with the disease since the mid 1970s.**

Dr Iley continues: “Sun safety messages seem to be getting through to older adults but it is clear that more needs to be done to raise the awareness of younger people. It’s a concern that malignant melanoma rates are disproportionately higher in younger people in the UK compared with those for other commonly occurring cancers. To prevent an increase in skin cancers in years to come, we need to start thinking about the damage too much sun can do, however old we are.

People are advised to consult their GP immediately if a mole develops any of the following signs:

·         changing shape, particularly getting an irregular outline
·         changing colour, getting darker, becoming patchy or multi-shaded
·         an existing mole getting bigger or a new mole growing quickly
·         if a mole starts to itch or become painful
·         if a mole is bleeding, becoming crusty and or looks inflamed.

In light of these findings, AXA PPP healthcare has partnered with the Karen Clifford skin cancer charity, Skcin, to help spread the word about the importance of sun safety. As a part of the charity’s sun safety educational work, the charity has written a children’s book entitled George the Sun Safe Superstar.  It’s part of its free Sun Safe Schools & Nurseries accreditation schemes which encourage children to remember the Five S’s of Sun Safety – Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide (on sunglasses) and Shade – and stay safe in the sun. Charlotte Fionda, development director at Skcin, says: “We’re very grateful to AXA PPP for its support in turning our George book into an animated film. Sun safety is critical for people of all ages – and especially so for children. Failure to protect your skin in the sun and allowing it to burn increases the risk of skin cancer. This is important to avoid because the increased risk that sun damage causes cannot be reversed at the present time.”

Despite the worrying findings, sun awareness seems to be changing for the better, with women outpacing men in the sunscreen stakes. Over four fifths (82 per cent) of women said they think more about using sunscreen nowadays than they did five years ago, compared with 73 per cent of men. On the other hand, when it came sun bed users, over three quarters of men (78 per cent) and women (77 per cent) said they had cut down on how much they’d used them in the past five years.

Women consistently dealt with sun risks better than men did – home and away. When abroad in a hot sunny country, over half (52 per cent) the women surveyed said they take their sun protection very seriously, always applying a high level of sunscreen when outdoors in daylight hours, compared with 43 per cent of men. Even at home in the UK during the spring and summer months, 30 per cent of women said they take their sun protection just as seriously as when abroad, compared with 26 per cent of men. And, when it comes to skin protection, women led the way in playing it safe. Nearly three quarters (71 per cent) of women said they used a sunblock factor of 20 or more for their personal protection, compared with 61 per cent of men.

 

“Of course it’s important to be careful in the sun but it’s not all bad news. Exposure to sunshine is one of the ways we get our vitamin D, lack of which can lead to bone weakness problems such as rickets and osteomalacia. It’s all about getting the right balance and protecting your skin from excessive exposure and burning – whether at home or away,” says Dr Iley.

 

AXA PPP healthcare’s Sun Aware Centre provides information and advice on personal or family health. Its Ask the Experts service is also available for medical questions; enquirers will usually receive a response from a healthcare expert within 48 hours.

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*Online survey of 2000 UK adults conducted during May 2014 by market researcher One Poll.

**Skin cancer statistics, Cancer Research UK:



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Case study one

Young person sunburnt in the UK – Tom Bourlet, 25, Brighton

25 year old Tom Bourlet, writer of travel blog spaghettitraveller.com, has travelled to countless destinations across the globe, but never expected to get severe sun burn in the UK.

“I’ve been severely sun burnt on two occasions in the UK. First when I was 23 at the Beach Break festival in Wales, and this April in Bristol. I completely underestimated the warmth of the sun. I applied a small amount of sun lotion when I started to feel burn after around four hours of being outside, but it was far too late by then.”

“I only ever think about sun lotion when travelling abroad. You automatically reach for the lotion when you’re on holiday, but it’s just not something you tend to think about it in the UK. “It’s definitely something I’m more aware of since I have been burnt.”
 
Case study two

Living with sun damaged skin (morphoeic basal cell carcinoma) – Debbie, 50, Bournemouth

 



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My name is Debbie married with three children, from sunny Bournemouth this is my story so far with living with skin cancer. At the age of 41 I was diagnosed with my first basal cell carcinoma (BCC) morphoeic type which is a more aggressive form of skin cancer (non-melanoma) that needs to be spotted at the early stages to avoid further disfigurement, especially on the face!

It started with me having a small spot like cyst on the side of my nose which didn’t heal after a few months and it just got bigger and formed a pearl like spot about 5mm in diameter. The first GP to have it checked said it was nothing to worry about but, after a couple of months with it, it was still not healing and was changing size and form and would often bleed. I had a second opinion from another GP and luckily he knew that it was a basal cell carcinoma and referred me on to a specialist for skin cancer treatment where I had it surgically removed. This was not a pleasant experience and to add to this, I was told at the time, I also had to have a second one removed just below my cheek bone. As a result, I was back again to have this removed and unlike the first, it required a skin graft.

So that year for me was the beginning of my journey living with basal cell carcinoma, caused by sun damage in my early years, meaning from now on to be extra careful with sun exposure. Knowing the damage had already started, I then had to have further surgery two years later to have a third removal on my eye lid. For this surgery, I had to go to the eye hospital and then a year later I had one removed from my back, then another from my stomach, leg and arms.

Already this year, now aged 47, I’ve had to have a fourth removal – this time done by Mohs surgery – on the other side of my nose. This is still in the process of healing as I write my story. I also have to go back again in a couple of months’ time to have yet another removal, which will be my fifth! This one is on the right side under my eye as the biopsy came back positive. I’m also to have a biopsy taken from my knee and arm and so it continues…

With all this treatment and surgery, has meant there is scarring, especially on my face, which has affected my confidence and self-esteem as a result. It has become tiring explaining to others that it’s been unfortunate for me having fun in the sun as a child and in my teen years with no knowledge that too much sun would cause skin cancer in my later years.

As a child, I had fair skin and hair, with green eyes and freckles on my nose, which my mum described as “I’d been kissed by the sun.” Little did I know the sun was causing damage to my skin! Growing up in the seaside town of Blackpool and only living five minutes’ walk away from the beach, meant my early childhood memories were of spending lovely hot summers down the beach. We had a few holidays abroad and I also did many outdoor activities such as horse riding and bike riding etc.

With my birthday being on 21st June, I had many happy parties in the sunshine with excess sun exposure, protected only by low factor sun cream. Back then my parents just said, “Mind you don’t get sun burnt or get sunstroke.”

Now as a parent of three and living in Bournemouth (another seaside town), my warning is not to get burnt or sunstroke and to keep in the shade between 11 and 3, as this is when the sun is at its strongest. I would also suggest wearing high factor sun screen to avoid the risk of developing skin cancer in your later years.

Back in my teens, us girls on holidays abroad would apply a coconut oil to our skin, which at the time, was the very thing to get a deep tan. Looking back, I now cringe, as I know now it was more frying my skin than protecting it.

So this is the reason for my story, to hopefully educate others that the sun can do serious damage to your precious skin, so be warned and take good care of it.

The update to my story now aged 50 is that unfortunately two years ago I had to undergo yet more BCC removal Mohs surgery on the left side to my nose, then more surgery as BCC had returned on the upper of my right side of my nose this time it was close to my tear duct which left me with a droopy eye so I then had to have further corrective surgery at the eye hospital.
Then, recently last month, I had to have a BCC removal from my back and then had to undergo yet again more biopsies on my face this time under my right eyelid and on the tip of my nose, and also a removal surgery on my shoulder. The biopsy results came back for my nose and lower eyelid positive to BCC so unfortunately for me again I've now to have more Mohs surgery again to my nose and lower eyelid. I've just now the anxious wait on my Mohs surgery appointment that could be any day soon. And so my never ending story goes on. I continue to hope sharing my story helps in education and prevention for others.

Notes to editors
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About Skcin
Skcin is a national charitable organisation targeting skin cancer in the UK. Its principle objective is to ensure that the danger of over-exposure to the sun is given greater profile with the emphasis on education resulting in the vital early detection of the disease. To find out more about the charity and its free resources for schools and nurseries visit http://www.skcin.org/.

Skcin Attend Sun Safe Assembly with MP Alistair Burt at Raynsford CofE Academy in Henlow

Skcin Attend Sun Safe Assembly with MP Alistair Burt at Raynsford CofE Academy in Henlow On Friday 18th July Skcin had the pleasure of attending a Sun Safe Assembly at Raynsford Church of England Academy, Henlow alongside Alistair Burt, MP for NE Bedfordshire. We were also able to present the school with their Sun Safe Schools Certificate, after their completion of Skcin’s Sun Safe Schools award scheme.

The children also enjoyed a first showing of an animated version of our ‘George The Sun Safe Superstar’ book, which they loved! Mr Burt then spoke to the children about his work as an MP in constituency and children in the schools own Owl Parliament had the opportunity to ask Mr Burt questions about life as an MP. Mr Burt was also presented with a collection of Sun Safe posters the children had created, which he promised to show the Health Minister, as Sun Safety is a very important subject.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Busy Bees Montessori School Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Busy Bees Montessori School for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Busy Bees Montessori School have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“The children listened to the story and really enjoyed joining in the 'Slip' 'Slap' 'Slap' song

If taught them to think before they went outside in the sun ”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)


“We have completed all three stages

And will continue to teach all the new children each year what we follow when the sunshine comes out

We will also explain this to the patents as well ”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)

Glen Family Centre Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Glen Family Centre for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Glen Family Centre

“Glen family Centre 14/5/14



Our nursery is surrounded by trees and we use them when appropriate. There is a shaded manmade area at top of our garden and also a shaded sand pit. We purchased 2 gazebos and 1 sun umbrella to use when needed and we ensure the children only go into the sun for short spells.”

(Denise Livingstone - Glen Family Centre)

Little Tots Nursery Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Little Tots Nursery for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Little Tots Nursery have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“the children enjoyed the slip slop slap song and the sun safe story, the children all spoke about what was needed to be protected from the sun to keep them sun safe and asked to sing the song more than once. ”

(Emma Taylor - Little Tots Nursery)


“we pledge to sing the slip slop slap song on a regular basis especially in sunny weather and pledge to read the story to talk about the importance for sun safety.”

(Emma Taylor - Little Tots Nursery)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Little Tots Nursery is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Little Tots Nursery for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“we received good feed back from parent/carers, and the children love talking about the importance for sun safety, they can tell us what we need without us telling them. The story goes down well and the children are continuously learning the song.”

(Emma Taylor - Little Tots Nursery)

Saxon Way Children's Centre is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Saxon Way Children's Centre for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“I found the process of gaining our sun safe status fun and informative. Some of the parents found the small booklets very interesting and some of them have visited their Doctors with concerns they have regarding their moles. I will contact our Early years team to promote our certificate and our sun safety status. our children did enjoy the 'George story' but feel a shorter version could be made for our younger children. we have tried to gather free samples of lotion for our families from various stores but have been unsuccessful . if you have any ideas where we could get some samples we would appreciate this.”

(Donna Foley - Saxon Way Children's Centre)

Saxon Way Children's Centre Completes Step 3 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Teaching Resources & Activities

Congratulations to Saxon Way Children's Centre for reading George the Sun Safe Superstar to all their children and introducing everyone to the ‘Slip, Slap, Slop song’.Saxon Way Children's Centre have also pledged to continue to regularly use the resources provided to reinforce the sun safe message to their children.


“the story has been read to our children which they enjoyed some of the children talk about George when I ask the children if they have their sun lotion on. the song was taught to the children with some of the children we had to adapt the song to their age.”

(Donna Foley - Saxon Way Children's Centre)


“as I am a skin cancer patient myself I am always aware of making sure that parents and children are protecting themselves from the sun and this will always stay with me .”

(Donna Foley - Saxon Way Children's Centre)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Busy Bees Montessori School Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Busy Bees Montessori School for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Busy Bees Montessori School has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“all letters have been sent and returned ”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)


“all our staff have been trained to take the appropirate measures. all children come to school with suncream applied and sun hats are placed in their baskets for easy access.”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)

Busy Bees Montessori School Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Busy Bees Montessori School for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Busy Bees Montessori School

“We have two gazebo situated in our garden area as well as a shaded part right next to the setting which gives the children shade ”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)

Busy Bees Montessori School is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Busy Bees Montessori School for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“This was an easy process to follow

And to teach the children the importance of being safe in the sun ”

(Alison Gale - Busy Bees Montessori School)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

St Matthews Preschool Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to St Matthews Preschool for pledging to explore options regarding providing shaded areas for children during breaks outside.

“We will buy a new gazebo for use outside to provide shade.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

St Matthews Preschool Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to St Matthews Preschool for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. St Matthews Preschool has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“I confirm that we will ensure all our parents are given details of the sun safe policy and be given a sun safety fact sheet.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)


“All of our practitioners will be taught in sun safe methods and will provide hats for children to wear and sunscreen.”

(Julie Wales - St Matthews Preschool)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Playmates Day Nursery Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Shade

Congratulations to Playmates Day Nursery for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Playmates Day Nursery

“we use the natural shadows to shade, as the sun moves. we also use parasols and a gazebo”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Playmates Day Nursery Completes Step 1 towards becoming a Sun Safe Nursery - Sun Hats, Sunscreen & Role Models

Congratulations to Playmates Day Nursery for issuing Sun Safety Fact Sheets to all their pupils. Playmates Day Nursery has also pledged to keep sun hats and sunscreen available for all their children and to act as role models with regard to sun safety:


“All parents are aware of our intention to continue to provide a safe environment in the sun”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)


“We have always held spare sun hats at the setting and keep our own supply of sun cream”

(Christine Clare - Playmates Day Nursery)

Blisworth Community Primary School Completes Step 2 towards becoming a Sun Safe School - Shade

Congratulations to Blisworth Community Primary School for providing shaded areas for their pupils.

Shaded Area photo submitted by Blisworth Community Primary School

“Outdoor classroom area including seating which is shaded at all times of day. There are also trees surrounding the playground”

(Charlotte Rees - Blisworth Community Primary School)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Brambles Preschool is now an Official Sun Safe Nursery!

Congratulations to Brambles Preschool for obtaining their Sun Safe Nursery Status & Award


“We had lots of fun during the process, and during our summer fate next week we will celebrate our new status with parents. the children will be very excited to share their achievements ”

(Beverley Budd - Brambles Preschool)