Sun Safety for Children is this week’s Thursday Tip from Canavan Byrne. Now that the Summer weather is here, we all want children to enjoy the sun safely. Getting sunburnt in childhood or adolescence can increase the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer in later life.
In order that services are compliant with the Childcare (Preschool) Regulations 2006 children must be protected from the sun. Early Years Services should have a Sun Safety Policy available for parents to read.
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Sleep is this week’s Thursday Tip. Staff at Canavan Byrne carry out regular audits/inspections at early years services around the country. One common theme that is constantly recurring is sleep. It may be that adult-led, or parent-preferred practices or clock-orientated schedules are in place.
This is a huge issue where TUSLA compliance is concerned as it regularly contradicts the ‘child-first/child centred approach’ that underpins all TUSLA regulations. Sleep is (and rightly) considered a basic required need and should be facilitated on a needs-must basis in all TUSLA-registered services.
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Summer inspiration from Irish author Gillian Powell’s ‘Thrive Summer Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families’. If you are looking to encourage the children to connect with nature in the Summer then this is the perfect book!
With over 60 pages of activity ideas covering various topics such as Healthy Eating, Sensory Walks, Science, Maths, Well Being and Climbing. The book includes pictures as a guide to many of the activities and is aimed at children between 2 and 8 years old.
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Staff Medical Information is this week’s Thursday Tip from Canavan Byrne. Have you ever wondered who you would contact should an employee fall ill while at work? Or have to be taken to hospital?
Knowing who a staff member’s next-of-kin is, or who they would like you to inform should there be an emergency is an important piece of information employees can be invited to volunteer in confidence.
Requesting that employees also disclose any underlying medical conditions that may affect them at work (for example, epilepsy, diabetes, low blood pressure, or vertigo) can also help an employer risk assess that condition and maximise safety for the employee.
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