ERIC Number: ED381527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Focus on Preschool Aquatics: Child Care Regulations.
Sayre, Nancy E.
This paper proposes state regulations for the training of child care staff members in developmentally appropriate safe aquatic practices, outlines required features of any pools that children visit, and suggests safe practices for water-related activities at child care centers and swimming pools. The staff training regulation suggestions include requirements for on-duty lifeguards, for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for lifeguards and staff members, and for staff members to know first aid, water safety rules, how to swim, all pool regulations, and other provisions. Pools should be surrounded by a fence, have self-locking gates, have emergency telephone numbers and first aid kits available, have filtration systems, have annual inspection by the local Department of Health, be located away from play areas, have daily chemical checks, and have water temperature at least at 70 degrees. For water activities on site at child care centers, equipment should be cleaned daily and emptied and put away when not in use, staff should have CPR water safety training, and a staff-to-child ratio of one-to-two should be maintained. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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