Sun safety

6th June 2024

Summer’s here!

Now the weather is starting to get warmer, we would like to remind parents/carers of how we can enjoy the sun safely.

At Caverstede Nursery School we plan activities to help reduce the impact of heat - such as ice in water play or the use of fans. We also use more shaded areas of the outdoor environment in extreme heat, provide drinking water throughout the day and encourage children to stay hydrated. We are  mindful that the sun is particularly damaging between the hours of 11am and 3pm.

We ask that parents;

  • provide sunscreen factor for their child - which should be of factor 15 or above for UVB protection and  minimum 4**** or European UVA sign, for UVA protection.
  • sign a label giving staff permission to apply sunscreen to their child and this will be fixed to the bottle/container you provide. (Please apply sunscreen at home before coming to nursery.  We will ask you to confirm that sunscreen has been applied and if not, ask that that you do so before leaving. Staff will apply sunscreen or support children to apply their own and will re-apply if children are in nursery all day.)
  • provide their child with a sun hat - named, to wear in the nursery garden. We do have some Legionnaires hats   available to buy at reception. These cost £1 each.

On occasions where sunscreen has been unable to be provided, to ensure that children are still able to enjoy the outdoor environment, permission will be obtained from parents for staff to apply/reapply sunscreen that has been provided by Caverstede. This will be sunscreen factor 30 for UVB protection and meets the standards for UVA protection

To ensure that your child stays safe in the sun whilst at Caverstede, they will unfortunately remain inside if sunscreen is not provided by parents/carers or permission given for staff to apply sunscreen provided by Caverstede.


If you have any concerns or queries, please speak to your child’s class teacher or key person. Thank you.