(updated 5/14)

Gretchen’s House will provide sunscreen for all children and will apply sunscreen to children prior to going outside. Parents whose children need a specific brand of sunscreen because of allergies or other medical reasons may provide that sunscreen with a doctor’s note and medication permission form. Special sunscreen must be labeled with the child’s name and used only by that child. Staff will post a notice to this effect in the classroom. The sunscreen that Gretchen’s House supplies will be PABA-free, water resistant, and have an SPF of at least 30. The name of the brand used will be posted in the classrooms.

Staff will follow these procedures:

  • Apply sunscreen during the months of March through October and other times when the sun seems intense.
  • Apply sunscreen in the morning and afternoon and anytime necessary in between, preferably ½ hour prior to exposure.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally, with special attention to cheeks, shoulders, backs of legs and upper arms.
  • Apply sunscreen before and after water play.
  • Do not apply sunscreen to infants under 6 months of age unless specified in writing by a parent.
  • Do not apply sunscreen to toddler’s hands. Place high on foreheads away from eyebrow, since sweat can cause it to get in children’s eyes.
  • We may apply zinc oxide to the ears and nose of infants and older children.
  • School-age children may apply sunscreen to themselves with adult supervision.

The brand that will be used in 2017-2018 will be Blue Lizard Sensitive Skin.  This brand received a 1 on the Environmental Working Group scale for safety of sunscreens.

“EWG provides information on sunscreen products from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate both efficacy and the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other sunscreens. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. ”

You can find more information here.