to be cross about dd getting sunburnt at school

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iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:21:11

Dd is 10, in year 6. she had a school trip today, and has come back burnt.
AIBU to think that even at her age the school should have reminded the children to get and apply their cream, and given them time to do it.
I didn't tell her this morning, as I didn't know they were going out, it was just a local walk, we have signed blanket permission for this type of thing.

Should the school remind children of this age, or should she have done it independently?

AnyoneForTennis Tue 17-Jun-14 22:22:35

How do you know they didn't remind them?

Jollyphonics Tue 17-Jun-14 22:23:54

I'm not sure what other people do, but I cover both my kids with all-day sun cream every morning when it's going to be a sunny day. I wouldn't assume the school would remind kids.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:25:20

She told me. they were told to get there water bottles, no mention of sun cream. If the teacher had said "now all go and get your sun cream on" she would have done so.

specialsubject Tue 17-Jun-14 22:25:54

it's a few days off peak UV, it is warm so fewer clothes are being worn, it is nice weather so everyone is getting outside whenever possible.

like everyone else she should be wearing sunscreen before leaving the house, and she is old enough to know to reapply it.

Janethegirl Tue 17-Jun-14 22:26:56

Suggest she always keeps sunscreen near her at all times. She is old enough to be responsible even if the teacher isn't.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:27:26

Does the all day stuff really work? I work in a nursery and have to reapply cream every hour cos we are told it really only works for that long.

Peacocklady Tue 17-Jun-14 22:28:14

We have been told to put cream on before school as kids can get burnt during breaks or outdoor sessions not just on trips.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:30:27

I will remind her to re apply it more often, but just disappointed that it wasn't part of the preparations for going out. If it was cold, teacher would have said 'go and get your coats' not just allowed them to wander out the class to get it.

Hmmm... my eldest is 8, and if she came home burnt it wouldn't occur to me that was anything to do with the teacher - 3 year old yes, 6 year old, very boarderline, but probably not... 8 no... so 10, also certainly not.

Our Kindergarten (3-6) has a notice up telling parents to send kids sun creamed and with hat every day, and they re-apply/ help/ remind as appropriate once in a standard 4-5 hour day. School (6 or 7 years old and up) would absolutely not consider sun-cream part of their remit, it's between parent and child, so I would blame myself first and child second. (Makes note to self to get DD to carry at least the stick style sun cream in her school bag for the unscheduled Green Classroom days - I wouldn't necessarily think of it for school either as breaks a re short, though they do go out a fair bit, not always with any for-warning). Thankfully my kids have relatively dark skin, but still... Good warning OP grin

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:40:33

They did remind them to take their water bottles, in fact insisted, and refused to take them if they didn't have one. I just thought sun cream would have been mentioned at the same time. Seems I am in a minority though, I'll make sure she puts it on before she leaves for school

fledermaus Tue 17-Jun-14 22:42:20

I think the teacher should have reminded them before taking them out.

clam Tue 17-Jun-14 22:44:31

Your dd, it seems, didn't hear the teacher remind them. That doesn't mean it didn't happen.
But even so, YABU to expect only to have to put suncream on your child if you think they might be going off-site. There are all sorts of things going on in schools at this time of year, particularly in Y6 post SATs, that mean they can be outdoors ad hoc at any time.

We use all day sunscreen and it is brilliant.

Do they have sun cream with them at school actually? Or communal supplies?

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:50:16

Clam, seems I will have to get an all day one. I personally, apply suncream every time I go out in this weather, seems I am unusual in that. Trip to the shop planned for tomorrow night.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:51:15

Mr tumble, she carries it in her school bag.

crazykat Tue 17-Jun-14 22:52:02

I put soltan 8 hour water play sun cream on my DCs before school and they've never burnt though ds has a brilliant tan on his arms and back of his neck but he tans at the mere hint of sun like my mum did.

At 10 she should know to reapply suncream but you might be better getting her an 8 hour one, cream not spray as the spray ones don't last as long as the cream.

Hakluyt Tue 17-Jun-14 22:55:47

So they weren't allowed to go out on a local walk if they didn't have a water bottle with them?

Now that's bonkers.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 22:56:58

The more I think about it, the more I think the teacher should have told them. She can't just wander out the class to go to her peg, get it out of her bag and apply it, teacher needs to give them time to do it. But now I will buy all day one, as teacher obviously assumes all children have that.

ilove is that a school rule / guideline, or a personal choice? Maybe the teacher is assuming the kids generally wouldn't have sun cream to put on, esp. if it is the norm to do an all day one in the morning.

My kids have never burnt in any context, but this is probably more luck of their skin tones than judgement as, although I sun-cream the small ones who are out doors a lot, its never occurred to me to remind my school kid before going for the bus at 7am... She puts sun cream on for playing out in the afternoon etc. but not for school... I wonder if her school mates carry sun cream...

Is it "normal" (by which I mean something most people do, not that it is weird either way) to send kids to school with sun cream?

What used to happen.

Was the sun not as hot when I was at school?

Jollyphonics Tue 17-Jun-14 22:59:44

I doubt the all-day stuff would work for a full days sunbathing on a tropical beach, but for shorter trips and playtimes (assuming no swimming in between) it seems fine. My kids have never burned. And even if it's not perfect, it's better than nothing.

iloveithere Tue 17-Jun-14 23:01:15

I have no idea what other children do, to be honest. Dd has never burnt before, she is being a real wimp about it! Hopefully we have both learnt a lesson today.

ShoeWhore Tue 17-Jun-14 23:02:32

We use the all day stuff and it really works - we are all pale skinned and never burn using it.

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