Summer is just around the corner and the days are getting warmer, which means it’s almost time for pool season! Before diving in, it’s important to review some safety tips and guidelines with your nanny so that everyone is on the same page and prepared for a safe and fun pool season. Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Make sure your nanny knows how to swim if you ask her to go to the pool with your child. Even if she isn’t a great swimmer, she still needs to be IN the pool not on the sidelines if her charge is in. That goes for parents, too!
  2. Teach swimming skills: If the children are not strong swimmers, consider enrolling them in swim lessons to teach them the necessary skills to stay safe in the water.
  3. Always keep an eye on the kids: When it comes to pool safety, supervision is key. Always keep a watchful eye on the children, and never leave them unattended, even for a moment.
  4. Establish rules: Make sure that the kids know the pool rules, such as no running, no diving in shallow water, and no pushing or roughhousing.
  5. Sun protection: Remind the children to wear sunscreen and protective clothing while outside to prevent sunburn and skin damage.
  6. Stay hydrated: Encourage the kids to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially on hot days.
  7. Check the pool area: Before letting the children swim, check the pool area to ensure that it is safe and secure. Check for any potential hazards, such as sharp edges or slippery surfaces.
  8. Know CPR : As a nanny, it is a good idea to always keep your CPR certification up to date in case of an emergency.
  9. Keep the pool clean: Regularly clean the pool to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, and make sure the children do not ingest pool water.
  10. Check the weather: On days with thunderstorms or lightning, it is best to avoid swimming altogether. Also, be mindful of heat advisories and limit time spent outside on extremely hot days.
  11. Keep emergency supplies on hand: Keep a first aid kit and emergency supplies nearby, such as a phone to call for help or flotation devices to assist in rescues if necessary.
  12. If the nanny isn’t comfortable putting on a swimsuit and being in the water, then the pool should be off-limits on her watch.