Pool Regulations for Family Day Care Educators
What’s happening to pool regulations?
The Western Australian State Government announced changes to swimming pool regulations this week to increase safety at Family Day Care services. If your Family Day Care location has a pool, spa or water feature and you have been considering making Community Vision your Family Day Care provider, you will need to transfer by the end of 2020. After this date, Community Vision will be unable to accept any family day care educators with a spa, pool or water feature on their property.
How much time do I have to change providers?
If you have a pool, spa or water feature on your property, December 31st 2020 will be the last date to transfer your Family Day Care to Community Vision.
What assistance can Community Vision provide?
There will be a transition period to ensure FDC educators and providers have time to meet the new legislation, including those who are currently in the process of setting up their FDC business.
What will change under the new legislation?
Updates to the regulations include:
- Existing educators with a pool, spa or water at their residence feature will not be able to transfer to a different provider following the 31st of December 2020.
- Monthly inspections will be performed by FDC providers of Family Day Care centres that have pools, spas or water features on the property
- Within 6 months of the new legislation, FDC educators will be required to install safety devices designed to alert or deter children from entering the water without supervision
- FDC providers (like Community Vision) will require third party training to be eligible to undertake the pool inspections at FDC residences
- All Family Day Care educators – including those without a pool, spa or water feature – will need a back-up form of communication at a fixed location in case of emergency
Safety is incredibly important to us at Community Vision, so we already perform proactive monthly checks of all Community Vision Family Day Centres with pools on the property.
We will continue to support all of our educators to ensure they have the information they need to be compliant with the new rules. If you are concerned about how these changes in legislation may affect your business, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
How Community Vision supports educators to build successful businesses
We’re passionate about empowering educators to work together for business success. At Community Vision, we’re committed to assisting our educators in caring for and educating children by providing free training, development and support services along the way.
If you’re a Community Vision FDC educator, you’ll receive the following benefits:
We have a Community Vision coordinator available at all times. Our office hours are 8 am – 5 pm weekdays, but we’ve also got an emergency contact line open from 5 pm – 8 am and on weekends.
The Community Vision team assists with all back-of-house paperwork so you can focus on educating. We manage enrolment and timesheet processing and can offer support for any fee-related concerns or parent statements.
Quarterly workshops and training
Community Vision runs regular Business Development workshops designed to help you build, grow and future-proof your FDC business. We offer three free training sessions for every educator and offer further training at heavily discounted rates.
We also offer training in:
Child sleep protection
Quarterly Meet & Greets
Bringing like-minded community members together is our vision. That’s why we offer quarterly Meet & Greet sessions for educators to meet other educators, support staff and behind-the-scenes helpers. It’s a great opportunity to learn about how other educators operate and arrange playdates with other groups near you.
Get in touch with Community Vision for any questions on the pool regulation changes or to discuss moving your FDC business to Community Vision before the cut-off date.