When the sun is shining and the beach beckons, the Sunuva collection of kids sunwear not only provides plenty of cool beach cred, it will also protect your child’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Ah, the lovely leisurely feel of waking up to another sunshiny day on holiday. But what to wear? A toes-in-the-sand holiday is all about being cool and casual, but it can be tricky to keep children slathered in suncream or constantly in the shade when all they want to do is build sandcastles and splash in the sea.

It was this parental predicament that inspired two mothers – Emily Cohen and Sabrina Naggar, with six children between them – to create a collection of swimwear that offers maximum protection in the sun, but that was also fashionable, fun and stylish.

Not only does Sunuva swimwear provide holiday style in spades (and buckets), it also offers all-important protection so your child can frolic safely to her heart’s content with no fear of sunburn

The 2015 collection features swimwear and accessories from six months to 14 years, including cool skateboard-style shorts and tops for boys – you gotta love the surfing hotdog! – and swimwear and pretty pull-on-and-cover-up dresses and kaftans for girls. There’s also hats, jewellery, handbags and footwear, sunglasses, sun cream and goggles – in fact, let’s just say your complete holiday wardrobe will be sorted in style.

All the clothes are high quality with a pleasing attention to detail, with cute feathers and applique, frills, embroidery, beading and lots of co-ordinating accessories. As well as pretty florals and fruity motifs, there are also some edgier rock n roll skulls for girls (okay, so they’re with roses but bravo for not making every style sugary sweet).

For boys, there’s playful touches and references to cool stuff, like skateboards and baseball boots, to give clothes a fashionable edge to add to their functionality. After all, the most important thing about sun protective clothing is that your child wants to wear it!

Of course, sun-safe good practice still applies: stay indoors or in the shade when the sun is at its highest in the sky (between 10 am and 4 pm) and apply a high-factor sun screen and reapply after swimming. Also, dress your child in a wide-brimmed or legionnaire-style hat to protect the back of the neck, and UV protection sunglasses to protect their eyes. When your child is in the sun, go for swimwear that covers the back and shoulders for maximum protection. And remember that the sun is still powerful on cloudy days too, so always take sun-safe precautions outdoors.

Sunuva’s rash vests are made from Italian fabric providing 50+ UPF. (UPF is a measure of the UV Protection Factor given to the skin by a fabric. A UPF rating of 50+ gives excellent UV protection, blocking out 97.5% to 98% of the sun’s rays. The high quality fabric used also meets the stringent and highly respected Australian and New Zealand sun protection guidelines (AS/NZS 4399:1966).

Sunuva is also proud to have its UPF 50+ swimwear range validated by the British Skin Foundation, the UK’s leading researcher of skin disease and cancer.

Designer Details A chance meeting whilst on family holidays in the same hotel was the start of a friendship between Emily Cohen and Sabrina Naggar. Both frustrated at the lack of stylish UV protective children’s swimwear available, they set out on a mission to create a swimwear and beachwear line which was not only stylish but also kept kids safe in the sun. Inspired by prints with global influences featuring Indian elephants, Nepalese buddhas, Mexican skulls, English floral and classic Nantucket marine stripes, the Sunuva collection now includes swimwear, beachwear and accessories. Sunuva is stocked in major department stores such as Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Barneys, as well as independent boutiques and luxury international holiday resorts, including Four Seasons and One&Only.