PARENTS who protested against new Government guidelines on child supervision in swimming pools have won a partial victory.
In July, Huddersfield parents spoke out about guidance issued to councils by Government body the Institute for Sport and Recreation Management.
The guidelines - which came into force in September - said one adult could supervise only one child aged four or under and only two children aged four to nine.
Parents said the guidelines would make it impossible for many people to take their children swimming.
But now Scissett Baths are piloting an idea which could solve the problem.
From November 8, a special shallow section of the pool is being roped off to create a learner area.
The Government guidelines allow an adult to supervise two children under four and three children aged four to nine if they are in a special learner area.
Kirklees Active Leisure - which runs Scissett Baths - believe it is the first pilot scheme of its kind in Britain.
The scheme has been welcomed by parents, including Julie Ward, of Skelmanthorpe,who feared the guidelines would stop her taking her children, four-year-old Eliza and 20-month-old Declan, to Scissett Baths five times a week.
She said: "I think Kirklees Active Leisure have been brilliant.
"They have been supportive and are trying to help families. They don't want us to stop going.
"We are lucky to have them because some authorities have just enforced the guidelines and said tough luck.
"It affects a lot of people this issue and hopefully the pilot will work."
A comment box has been set up at Scissett Baths for parents to give their opinions.
On January 1, the opinions will be reviewed and a decision will be made on whether to expand the pilot scheme to all Kirklees pools without special learner areas.
Mark Dunstan, regional manager for Kirklees Active Leisure, said: "We recognise this policy could place barriers in front of our users.
"However, we cannot ignore the guidance so we have come up with an innovative solution which we hope will keep everyone happy.
"We would welcome comments from more parents and guardians."
* Children who have achieved grade two Kirklees Active Leisure Learn to Swim status are exempt from the new guidelines. Children who have achieved the STAnley Swim Competence Award are also exempt.