Sun Awareness Week is Mon May 6th to Sun 12th 2013

Sun awareness week

Exposing your child to too much sun may increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Sunburn can also cause considerable pain and discomfort in the short term.

The following tips will help you protect your child:

  • Encourage your child to play in the shade, for example under trees, especially between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.
  • Cover exposed parts of your child’s skin with a sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and tops of feet. Re-apply often throughout the day.
  • Be especially careful to protect your child’s shoulders and the back of their neck when they’re playing as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
  • Cover your child up in loose, baggy cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves.
  • Get your child to wear a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck.
  • Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the ‘CE’ mark (check the label or ask the manufacturer).
  • If your child is swimming, use a waterproof sunblock of factor 15 or above. Re-apply after towelling

  Bedwetting Awareness Week Mon 13th to Sun 19th May 2013

  • ERIC are launching the first bedwetting awareness week. The campaign will highlight the impact of bedwetting on children’s lives, including new data showing how many children miss out on sleepovers and other normal social activities because of the problem.
  • The week aims to help parents and children sleep easier at night by offering information on bedwetting, practical tips on managing the problem and emotional support.
  • It’s estimated that in the UK, over half a million children between five and 16 years old regularly wet the bed – and in a class of 30 children, aged between 7-9 years, there’s likely to be two children affected.
  • Please contact your school nurse if you require any further support or visit

  Coeliac Awareness Week 13th to 19th May 2013

Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is not an allergy or simple food intolerance. In fact it’s an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues.

In people with coeliac disease this immune reaction is triggered by gluten, a collective name for a type of protein found in the cereals wheat, rye and barley. A few people are also sensitive to oats.

Coeliac disease is still not as widely recognised as it should be often meaning that medical diagnosis can take an average of 13 years.

1 in 100 people have coeliac disease however only 1 in 8 of those with the condition are diagnosed.

We know that there are over half a million people in the UK who have coeliac disease but don’t know it. We’re targetting them to improve diagnosis and ensure they receive the care they need.

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Walk to School Week Mon 20th – Fri 24th May 2013

Walk to School Week 2013 takes place as part of National Walking Month each May, bringing together nearly one million schoolchildren, teachers and parents. It is designed to encourage children to walk to school throughout the year. This year they are teaching children about the benefits of walking, with each day focussing on a different aspect of walking.

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Safety Discovery Health Eco-friendly Social time

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