Bexley Jack and Jill Preschool
*Water Safety Policy




Policy: The centre will prevent child accidents and illnesses relating to water hazards.


Background: The safety and supervision of children in and around water is of the highest priority. This relates to water play, excursions near water, hot water, drinking water and hygiene practices with water in the preschool environment. Children will be supervised at all times during water play experiences.


Relevant Legislation:

·       Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010

·       Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011: 168


Links to National Quality Standard:

·       2.1.1 Each child’s health needs are supported

·       2.3.2 Every reasonable precaution is taken to protect children from harm or any hazard likely to cause injury

·       7.3.5 Service practices are based on effectively documented policies and procedures that are available at the service and reviewed regularly


Key Resources:

·      Kid Safe N.S.W., Pool and Water Safety: www.kidsafe.com.au

·       Kids Alive: www.kidsalive.com.au

·      Kids Health:http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/water_safety.html

·       Water use and restrictions: www.sydneywater.com.au  

·       Water Safety Policy – CommunityChild Care Co-operative



Children’s safety and wellbeing will:

  • be protected in and around water through supervision and prevention; and
  • be promoted through the availability of clean, hygienic water for play and drinking



To prevent child accidents and illnesses relating to swimming and wading pools and other water hazards the preschool will;

·       Provide guidance and education to educators, staff and families on the importance of children’s safety in and around water

·       Ensure work, health and safety practices incorporate approaches to safe storage of water and play

 Not install a swimming pool or wading pool on the premises.

·       Closely supervise children near any water at all times, never leave children alone near any water.

·       Teach children about staying safe in and around water.

·       Ensure water troughs or containers for water play are filled to a safe level. Do not leave buckets, water play trough or any other water hazards unsupervised in the preschool premises. Empty after use and cover water trough.

·       Store equipment to prevent collection of water. Check garden after watering or rain and empty water that has collected in holes or containers.

·       Buckets of water used during cleaning after craftor throughout the day are to be filled immediately before use, supervised by anadult while in use, and emptied immediately and cleaned thoroughly after use.

·       Provide clean drinking water at all times. The water will be supervised to ensure that it is safe and hygienic for consuming. Water containers will be securely sealed. At the end of each day the water container will be emptied and air dried.

·       Hot water accessible to children will be maintained at the temperature of 43.5 degrees C. Thermostatic valves to be tested and serviced annually by a plumber.

·       Adults may carry and consume hot drinks only in approved thermal mug with a lid that prevents spilling.

·       A risk assessment will be conducted prior to any excursion taking place. Particular attention will be focused upon water safety where the excursion is near a body of water.

·       Keep cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guide in outdoor play area.

·       At all times, when children are present, there must be at least one contact staff member with a current approved first aid qualification, on the premises. It is best practice for all contact staff to hold current approved First Aid Certificates. All contact staff are required to keep first aid qualifications up to date. The centre will cover the costs of this staff training.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Approved Provider:

  • Ensure the service operates with the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations 2011

Nominated Supervisor:

  •  Ensure children are adequately supervised, are not subject to inappropriate discipline, and are protected from harms and hazards.
  • Provide supervision, guidance and advice to ensure adherence to the policy at all times.
  • Ensure risk assessments for excursions planned near water identify a higher staff to child ratio to ensure adequate supervision.
  • Ensure First Aid and CPR qualifications and requirements are met at all times.
  • Provide families with community messages regarding safe water practices.



  • Embed water safety messages into the children’s education program.
  • Ensure water troughs or containers for water play are filled to a safe level and emptied or covered securely after use.
  • Empty buckets used for cleaning immediately after use. No cleaning buckets are to be left in areas or accessible to children.
  • Provide clean drinking water at all times.



·       Reinforce water safety practices with children.



·       Supervision and access to water within the service is managed effectively by staff to ensure children remain safe and healthy


 Policy reviewed July 2015