Keep them covered: One of the best ways to protect your child's skin from the sun's rays is to keep them covered up with loose-fitting, tightly-woven clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

Seek out the shade: Set up your children's play areas in the shade so they are less likely to suffer from over-exposure to the sun. The sun is usually at its most intense between 11am and 3pm, so shade is even more important during this time.

Stay sunscreen safe: As a general rule, children over six months old should wear a sunscreen with SPF15 or higher with UVA protection. Although the British Skin Foundation recommends that children should use a minimum SPF 30 product with UVA protection. Of course it is important to try and keep sun exposure to a minimum for young children and especially babies under the age of 6 months. Try to keep them in the shade whenever possible and certainly during the hottest time of the day and keep them covered with t-shirts and hats. Sunscreen should be applied 5 to 10 before going out in the sun and re-applied every couple of hours throughout the day if outdoors. Remember to re-apply if your child has been playing in the water and never use sunscreen to extend the time they should normally spend in the sun.

Protect their "peepers": Children's eyes can be more sensitive to UV light than those of adults, so they need protection. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses for your child with 100 percent UV filtration (toy sunglasses may provide no protection at all) and also a wide-brimmed hat or sun cap

Remember, preventing sunburn in childhood can significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer as an adult.