A SunSmart start to your child’s education

Parents have a critical role to play in helping children develop good sun protection habits. It's important to teach children to make being SunSmart part of their routine, and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves whenever possible.

SunSmart at school or kindergarten

After slipping on clothing that covers the skin, slapping on a broad-brimmed hat, seeking shade for outdoor play and sliding on a pair of sun glasses to reduce UV rays, slop on SPF30 (or higher) sunscreen as the final layer of protection against UV rays.

These tips from SunSmart can help make applying sunscreen a fun and easy part of your child's everyday routine:

1. Make it simple

Choose an SPF30 (or higher), broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen that your child feels comfortable wearing and is easy to apply.

2. Make it fun

Applying sunscreen can be fun! Encourage your child to put a dot of sunscreen on each cheek, nose and their chin and carefully rub it in (avoiding the eye area). They can add squiggles of sunscreen to any part of their arms and legs not covered by clothing.

On hot days, put sunscreen in the cooler section of your child's lunchbox, so it's cold and refreshing when applying.

3. Start practicing early

Let children practice applying sunscreen themselves from around the age of three. This will enable them to develop this skill before they start kindergarten or school.

4. Make it easy to find

Set up a sunscreen station in the bathroom at home, so children can apply their sunscreen in front of the mirror and then wipe their hands.

5. Make it easy to remember to reapply

2020 Prep bags will have six colourful SunSmart stickers to remind students to 'slip, slop, slap, seek and slide' before they play outdoors. Stick them around the house to start the conversation with your child about sun protection.

Try a clip-on sunscreen that can hang from your child's bag as a visual reminder.

6. Be a SunSmart role model

Put your sunscreen on with your child so they can watch and learn by following your lead.   


Visit the SunSmart website for more tips on sun protection for children at home, school, and kindergarten. In Victoria sun protection is usually needed from mid-August until the end of April. 

Download the free SunSmart app so you can check when sun protection is needed each day.