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Health And Wellness: Staying SunSmart!

The health and safety of members of our community is of vital importance to us at WKC, and therefore remaining sun safe is a major priority.

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer. Each time your skin is damaged by UV, changes take place in the structure and function of our skin cells. If UV damage keeps adding up, skin cells become less able to repair, increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Using sun protection during sun protection times will prevent UV damage and cut your cancer risk – and it's never too late. Using sun protection will cut your risk of skin cancer at any age.

SunSmart recommends that all early childhood education and care services and schools have a SunSmart policy to reduce UV damage to those in their care, including staff. At WKC everyone is required to seek appropriate sun protection when we play out in the sun. All children must wear sunscreen and an appropriate hat when they are in the sun. Sunscreen can be accessed by all children at our sunscreen stations at the room or at B Block. All families are also reminded that a cap does not suffice in place of a broad brim hat. All hats must be broad brim to offer appropriate sun protection. These rules apply to both in-term sessions and Vacation Care sessions.

So remember to slip on clothing, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slip on some sunnies! And we can all work together to keep eachother safe!

For more information you can visit the SunSmart website at or the Cancer Council website at

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