Office of Children and Family Services

Division of Child Care Services

Reminder - Pool Season and Home-Based Care

child care swimming safetySpring/Summer season means open swimming pools and the need to be vigilant about safety and outdoor water hazards. Family-based providers using pools must review any previously approved pool plan and call their licensor/registrar if anything has changed re: layout, use plan, structural changes-including but not limited to fences, decks, stairs, or gates/locks.  Providers who wish to be approved to use a residential pool for the first time will need OCFS approval prior to pool use.

Contact your licensor/registrar before you plan to include pool use in your activities. For more information visit:

Other helpful information: 
Policy statement #15-01- Supervision Issues as They Relate To Family-Based Programs

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Important Numbers

  • Child Care, Foster Care and Adoption:
    1-800-345-KIDS (5437)
  • Child Care Complaint Line:
    311 or 646-632-6101 NYC