Ratios - Numbers - How many is too many?
In the world of childcare we hear the term ratios used so many times. What are child to teacher ratios? Who makes up these important numbers and what do they mean to my child? Let's do some research to figure this out.
According to AAP:
Age Maximum Child-Staff Ratio* Maximum Group Size*
0-12 months 3:1 6
13-35 months 4:1 8
3-year-olds 7:1 14
4-year-olds 8:1 16
5-year-olds 8:1 16
6- to 8-year-olds 10:1 20
9- to 12-year-olds 12:1 24
*As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians
Source Choosing Quality Child Care: What's Best for Your Family? The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
Low child-to-adult ratios and small group sizes help ensure that your child gets enough one-on-one attention from an adult who is available to take care of each child’s unique needs. This responsive caregiving is extremely important to your child’s social and emotional development, physical well-being, and overall learning.
Each state has different standards and ratios, Star Affiliated Centers have their standards and ratios. How do childcare settings manage these numbers/ratios? What are YOUR ratios and standards for your child?
Insider's View Childcare Consulting can help you with the tools needed to figure out your problem and come up with YOUR answer.