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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers

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1202 - Swimming Pools


  1. Swimming pools and natural pools of water may be used for water play if the follow requirements are met:

a. Health Department approval where applicable;

b. Written parental permission;

c. One person present at all times who has received certification in Red Cross Saving or Y.M.C.A. aquatic instruction; and

d. Adult supervision of the children at all times, with grouping based on the following staff/child ratio (unless children are participating in an authorized swimming instruction program):

1st grade & up 1:8
5 years 1:5
4 years 1:3
2 1/2 -3 years 1:2

When children of different ages are swimming in a group, the staff/child ratio shall be based on the youngest child within the group.

  1. Swimming pools located within the play area of the center shall be enclosed. The enclosure shall consist of a locked gate and a fence that is at least four feet high.

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