Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Montreal, Canada
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We're in Washington State. My understanding of the rule here is that it's 1:10 for 3 and 4 year olds. The ratio for 5 year olds here is 1:15 I think. DD's preschool has all 4 and 5 year olds in the class, and they have 2 teachers for 14 kids.
The ratio was 1:8 where we used to live in Canada... and you had to follow the ratio guideline for the youngest child in the room. So if you had one 2 year old and the rest of the kids were 3, you'd have to follow the ratio for 2 year olds.
Personally, I wouldn't be thrilled with 2 teachers for twenty 3 and 4 year olds even if it was legal. DD's old preschool had three teachers for 24 kids, but with a group that big there was always a couple of absents, and although that preschool was tolerable, I actually recommend the neighbouring preschool to parents - one reason being that they didn't max their ratios. The owner said that although a classroom could function with the maximum number of kids, it was a lot nicer to have more teacher heavy ratio.
Julie - Mom to Elizabeth (Libby) age 6, Penelope (Penny) age 5, Elliott age 29 months, and Oscar who is 1 year old!