Comment sought on day-care swimming pools

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Comment sought on day-care swimming pools

The 2015 drowning death of Perth toddler Lachlan Mitchell at a family day-care residence resulted in a coronial inquest. A number of recommendations regarding family day-care residences that comprise pools, spas and water features have arisen from the 2018 inquest, most of which call for changes to regulations.

The Western Australia Government is now seeking public comment on those potential changes. An initial consultation process — the preliminary requirement for any change in regulation — sought feedback from Lachlan Mitchell’s family, the family day-care sector and key industry stakeholders. A more extensive process will now be undertaken to assess implications of potential changes to regulations.

As of December 2018, there were 36 family day-care approved providers in Western Australia — responsible for 1256 homes where family day-care educators operate. Of these, 191 are currently registered as having a pool on their property.

These family day-care residences are inspected annually by the family day-care approved providers and may be subjected to unannounced inspections by the state’s Education and Care Regulatory Unit.

The consultation period commenced 18 March and is open for eight weeks. A copy of the consultation documents and information on how to make a submission can be found using this link.

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