Water warning for parents following 4yo's drowning

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It doesn't take much for children to drown (iStock)

Parents are being urged to watch their kids closely around water this summer.

This follows the drowning of a four-year-old who was found unresponsive in a pool at a Beachlands property in Auckland on Christmas day.

Water Safety's Jonty Mills says young children need constant supervision.

"When possible keep those toddlers within an arms-length and certainly keep your eyes on those toddlers at all times," he says. "We know it takes less than a minute for a child to drown."

Mr Mills says any depth of water presents a risk to young children.