Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.3 Water Play Areas (Pools, Etc.)

6.3.5 Other Water Play Areas

6.3.5.3: Portable Wading Pools


Portable wading pools should not be permitted.
RATIONALE
Small portable wading pools do not permit adequate control of sanitation and safety, and they promote transmission of infectious diseases (1,2).
COMMENTS
Sprinklers, hoses, or small individual water buckets are safe alternatives as a cooling or play activity, under close supervision.
TYPE OF FACILITY
Center, Large Family Child Care Home
REFERENCES
  1. Murph, J. R., S. D. Palmer, D. Glassy, eds. 2005. Health in child care: A manual for health professionals. 4th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. 2010. Policy statement: Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics 126:178-85.