Water Safety

Open Water Safety
Let’s set the scene! The sun is out, the shorts and t-shirt have made an appearance, sun-cream, and sun hats are on, picnic packed and everyone is loaded into the car. We have some absolutely beautiful places nearby to host our family picnic including Chasewater and of course the stunning Cannock Chase. Both places are home to gorgeous scenery, amazing wildlife as well as some beautiful areas of water. As tempting as it can be to have a quick dip to cool down in the summer heat this is open water, it does not behave like a swimming pool, it is not always calm, it is not temperature controlled and the bottom is not visible. Even confident swimmers can get into trouble in open water but those who are still learning to swim and are very small can get swept under the water quickly and silently. Within our settings we have been looking at water safety and have been reading Quack Quack Take Two Steps Back, which is a book created with the Canal and River Trust to help young children understand the best ways to keep safe around open water. Below is a link to a video you can visit at home with your own little ones that links in nicely to this book and helps get the message across the importance of keeping everyone safe around open water. Stay safe everyone and enjoy your summer together with your families.
We have been reading the below book with the children at nursery.