Amberley O.S.H.C.

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3.13 Water Safety

The service acknowledges that water activities are a significant part of our Queensland culture therefore we aim to provide children with experiences that are safe and fun.  The service recognises that the safety and supervision of children in and around water is of the highest priority therefore children will be closely supervised at all times during water play experiences.  The scope of this policy includes swimming activities, water play, excursions near water, hot water and drinking water within the service environment.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Family and Child Commission Act 2014
  • Duty of care
  • NQS Area: 2.3.1, 2.3.2; 4.1.1
  • Policies: 3 – Educator Ratios, 2.11 – Including Children with Special/Additional Needs, 3.1 – Educational Program Planning, 3.3 – Educator Practices, 3.5 – Excursions, 3.7 – Physical Activity, 4.8 – Sun Safety, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 10.9 – Risk Management and Compliance.


The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • Provide information and guidance to educators 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.
  • Ensure clean drinking water is available at all times.
  • Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment prior to any water activities taking place. The risk assessment shall identify the educator to child ratios required to ensure children’s safety.

Educators will:

  • Ensure water troughs or containers for water play are filled to a safe level and emptied onto garden areas after use.
  • Encourage children to play in or near water safely, giving appropriate instructions and guidance.
  • Buckets of water used for cleaning are emptied immediately after use. Buckets are not to be left in play areas or accessible to children unless they are being used as part of a program experience.
  • Ensure water buckets at drinking stations are monitored and emptied at regular intervals

If Grey water systems and/or water tanks are located within the service environment they will be labelled with ‘do not drink’ signage to ensure children are not accessing this water for drinking or hand washing.

Hot water that may be accessible to children during service operation will be maintained at an appropriate temperature (43.5°c or less).

Water for pets at the service must be changed regularly and only accessible to children when educators are present.

Swimming Activities

All bodies of water present a significant risk to children therefore the service will ensure the following procedures are implemented:

  • A comprehensive risk assessment of the venue and activity will be conducted to determine the required educator/child ratio. Consideration will also be given to the capacity of educators to rescue children from water.
  • Families must complete a ‘Swimming Ability Form’ for each child attending the activity. Information gained through this form will identify children’s swimming competence and assist educators to manage their safety while in the water.
  • Educators will be positioned both in and out of the water to allow them to directly and actively supervise any child accessing the water.

At least one educator with a current first-aid qualification and CPR qualification, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management training as required by the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011, is in attendance and immediately available in an emergency.

Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015

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