Case 168 - Children not allowed to use a drinking water machine in a children's centre


In a Children's Centre there is a drinking water machine in the reception area. It has a sign above it stating that children are not allowed to use the dispenser due to health and safety.

Panel decision

Whilst water spillage can create the risk of people slipping on wet floors there are several straightforward steps which could be taken as an alternative to the disproportionate (and unpopular) move of banning children from using the water dispenser. The centre could install non-slips mats around the dispenser or simply state that young children's use of the dispenser must be supervised by parents/adults.