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Water and Sun Safety

Water & Sun Safety is taught each year and the children are reminded regularly of the importance of staying safe near water, and in hot weather.

Sun Safety

Sun safety is key: we want the children to know how they can keep themselves safe in hot weather. 


1. Stay in the shade when possible

It's a good idea to keep children 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 your little one wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of their feet. 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 your child at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if they've been swimming or paddling. 


4. Always pack a sunhat

It's a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they're out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage your reluctant toddler to follow suit - and hats with chinstraps can be very useful if your child likes removing their hat!


5. Drink lots of water

Give little ones access to water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. Encourage them to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around.

Despicable Me 2 Sun Safety Campaign

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has created a fun but informative video from the 'Despicable Me' minions to help encourage good sun safety.


Water Safety

Each child in Key Stage Two attends swimming lessons, with the aim that every child can swim at least 25m, however there are many other areas to water safety that the children need to be familiar with. 


If you spot someone in trouble in the water:

  • Call 999 immediately.  If you don't have a phone, shout for help or get assistance from an adult. Do not enter the water.

  • Encourage the person in the water to try and float on their back - and if there is rescue equipment nearby throw it to them.


Never ever enter the water to try and save someone. 

RoSPA suggests this useful water safety code for children and families to know:


Water Safety for your Child

Animated instructional video for keeping kids safe around water. To learn more, visit http://www.helpandhope.org