By Pamela Filler
Another new regulation that went into effect in September is "37.95.121 Safety Requirements (11) Trampolines are prohibited for use by children in care. Trampolines on facility premises must be inaccessible to children in care."
Although trampoline use during daycare has always been discouraged by childcare licensers, there were no regulations prohibiting the use of them in the past. However, some insurance companies which offer daycare liability policies will not provide coverage if it is known that a trampoline is on-site, regardless of when it is used. Providers should consult with their insurance company for more information, if applicable.
State daycare regulations now prohibits the use of trampolines of any size during daycare. If a provider has a trampoline which is used for personal use, it must be made "inaccessible to children in care." This requires that it is fenced off from the outside area which is used by children during daycare.
I have been asked the question, "What if it has the netting around it extending upward as a protective shield; is that considered to be inaccessible?" The answer is no. The trampoline must be removed from the children's play area.
When it comes to daycare, there are no exceptions for trampolines being inaccessible to children in any way. When trampolines are used for personal use, careful consideration should be made. Although they provide many hours of great entertainment, it takes very little for a mishap to occur, causing serious injuries.
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