Friday, June 23, 2006

Summer activities and safety around pool

With summer arriving in the northern hemisphere, a lot of us go to the pool to cool off. I love water and swimming, I don't know anyone who doesn't. Children are especially very fund of water, but can be very dangerous around the pool. When I take them to the pool, I take every precaution I can to male sure they are safe at all times. What does that mean? I never take my eyes off of them. Even better I am in the water with them at all times even if there is a lifeguard around. I recommend all au pairs to do the same to prevent any accidents.

I probably don't need to say this but I will: Babies can not go in the pool alone. Au pair has to be with them in the water, holding them at all times. Deep areas must be avoided. I recommended no more than 1 meter of water. Make sure the babies head is above the water at all times. Most aupairs will find themselves in the separate baby pool as the babies are not allowed in adult pools due to diaper accidents and safety reasons. Of course, sunscreen is very important as well. It should be applied all over the baby before putting a bathing suit/diaper on. It should be applied several times a day as instructed on the box. Be careful holding the sunscreened baby in the pool, he will be slippery!!!

How about the bigger children who don't want to be in the baby pool? I recommended an au pair to be with the child or watch him at all times! Sunscreen rules also apply to the older children.

What if you have a baby and an older child in your care? I am afraid it is not possible to watch them together. Au pair should not be taking care of kids who swim in the different pools. It is not possible. Remember you can't do two things at the same time and around water you can never be too careful. Ask the parents to help you out on pool days, they will understand and be happy with your concern about their children.

Older kids can be good swimmers and sometimes parents may say they don't need constant watching. In that case, you would follow their instructions, but you have to make sure there is a lifeguard on duty.

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