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No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By Postalgeek - 26 November 2012 21

My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children.  The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies).  I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child,  kid cooties being the primary suspect, yet I can’t imagine sunscreen abstinence will protect preschoolers from each other.  They are prepared, however, to lower the drawbridge to roll-ons if one is provided by the parents.

Not outraged, just bemused.  We’ll just try not to forget to dip our kid in all-day sunscreen before dropping them off, or teach them to be creative with a zinc-stick.  But is this policy common among pre-schools in Canberra?  I know our day-care centre slaps it on from the communal barrel whenever they think of it so this is all new to me.

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21 Responses to
No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.
Frustrated 9:10 pm 26 Nov 12

Lol, Parents want everything done for them these days dont they.

Little Johnny got a sore foot, time to send him home.

That’s why the recent Gens are soft cocks

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:25 pm 26 Nov 12

What part of ‘must be reapplied every 2 hours’ don’t you understand. What past of ‘duty of care’ do you not understand? What am I talking to a moron like he has intelligence?

What part of “just buy a f*ckin’ roll-on and get it over with” didn’t you understand?

We did. It was a whopping three bucks at Aldi. Another first world problem solved. Maybe you could pick up a box of tissues while you’re there.

Madam Cholet 5:10 pm 26 Nov 12

Fresh from meet the teacher at new pre-school in Isabella, and the word is that the teachers will offer help if your child needs it. Sounded sensible to me, but yes, did hear that they prefer roll on dispensers for obvious reasons. Did advise to have your child slathered before dropping off, but will of course re-apply later in the day.

grunge_hippy 5:02 pm 26 Nov 12

surely if you are all so concerned about this you would have taught them to do it themselves? It’s not hard. My kids can do it and have so since they were about 3.

Either that get them to wear light cotton long sleeves and long pants and a hat…. and stop complaining!

Postalgeek 3:07 pm 26 Nov 12

Sandman said :

It’s pre-school, not public funded au-pairs? Stop shirking parental responsibilities and apply your own sunscreen.

Slapping sunscreen on at the start of the day isn’t the issue. Shirking parental responsibilities is to think sunscreen doesn’t need to be re-applied for the rest of the day.

Peak UV lasts from 10am-3pm. You’ve covered your kid at 8am. Now go find a cancer council site that doesn’t recommend reapplication after two hours and then you can come back here all smug.

Anyway, Sunsmart initiatives cover a number of bases with hats, clothing, and shadeclothes, so it’s not the end of the world if little Geeklet doesn’t get a second coating before the end of the day.

But with the Sunsmart campaign aimed at schools and kids I just find the policy a little odd.

Alderney 2:41 pm 26 Nov 12

Sandman said :

It’s pre-school, not public funded au-pairs? Stop shirking parental responsibilities and apply your own sunscreen.
As for post 5, good luck with your lawsuit considering the school has said they won’t apply the sunscreen. Not sure what your main argument will be but might I recommend a lawyer? Your first choice shout be Dennis Denuto but if he’s too busy then Lionel Hutz would be a good second option for you.

What part of ‘must be reapplied every 2 hours’ don’t you understand. What past of ‘duty of care’ do you not understand? What am I talking to a moron like he has intelligence?

I’ve always found it best not to shout at my lawyer or, as we call them in this country, solicitors.

How_Canberran 2:34 pm 26 Nov 12

Now I am humming the ‘Banana Boat’ commercial!

How Canberran

Sandman 2:18 pm 26 Nov 12

It’s pre-school, not public funded au-pairs? Stop shirking parental responsibilities and apply your own sunscreen.
As for post 5, good luck with your lawsuit considering the school has said they won’t apply the sunscreen. Not sure what your main argument will be but might I recommend a lawyer? Your first choice shout be Dennis Denuto but if he’s too busy then Lionel Hutz would be a good second option for you.

Henry82 1:58 pm 26 Nov 12

I agree, we need sunscreen that can be loaded into an air gun – Like car painting.

MERC600 1:30 pm 26 Nov 12

Couldn’t they just line em up and hit em with a spray gun; like the bloke used to do on the beach at the Gold Coast. or was it Bondi ? I remember thinkin what a hell of a job.

Alderney 12:15 pm 26 Nov 12

BBQNinja said :

I believe all preschools have the same policy, at least public ones.

I’m not certain of the reason, but there’d be a pretty huge practical implication to trying to apply sunscreen to 25 kids. It’d take oven an hour…

So the pre-schools now have a policy of assuaging their duty of care? Interesting.

It’ll make an interesting test case when my fair skinned English complexion son is burnt to a crisp next year. Oh, and the law suit against the ACT government in 40 years time when he develops skin cancers.

So what if it takes over an hour to apply the kids sunscreen? One would think it’s part of the job. I don’t tell the gov I’m not writing that brief because it’ll take me 2 days to research it. Sorry Gov, that MoU you want with (insert name of country here). It’s going to take too long, so sod it.

If as you state is true, it’s pathetic.

Madam Cholet 11:52 am 26 Nov 12

I know that our day care applies the cream with cotton wool – a clean one for each child. Political correctness gone mad to advise parents that you aren’t doing it at all. If the kid tries their best to apply it in the face of refusal by the teachers, and the kid gets burnt, then whose at fault? I know who I’ll be blaming.

Got a pre-school meeting this arvo. I’ll raise this issue.

Rollersk8r 11:29 am 26 Nov 12

Don’t see any reason for bemusement. If applying sunscreen is their responsibility it also becomes their fault if your kid gets burned. Plus it’s not practical to line the kids up several times a day. I agree there are lots of rules these days – but the sunscreen one is fine by me.

BBQNinja 9:55 am 26 Nov 12

I believe all preschools have the same policy, at least public ones.

I’m not certain of the reason, but there’d be a pretty huge practical implication to trying to apply sunscreen to 25 kids. It’d take oven an hour…

Madam Cholet 9:42 am 26 Nov 12

That’s a bit bizarre. Our little chap is off to Guvvie pre-school next year and I haven’t read anything like that in their literature. Unless they have extensive shade that children cannot stray from I’d say this is irresponsible and does not meet the Sunsmart guidelines.

My son has a reaction to most sunscreens so we have to provide our own for him at daycare which I will continue to do at pre-school. I now that they are encouraged to put on their own – perhaps that is what they were getting at? That the teachers won’t but your child can. OK if they supervise it.

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