I worked in a mixed aged facility of 4 teacher 1 director..and 48 children ages 2-5. When I first started working I taught the 2 year olds. And I had 6 toddlers, and no aid. Last year I found out in mixed age facilities the ratio is 1 : 12, but typically it should be 6:1 for toddlers 8:1 for age 3, 12:1 for age 4...An aid only should allow 2 more children...Just imagine how crazy you would go if you were alone caring for 12 toddlers...and then you can get an idea if your child is in the right program...a ratio that high is not right at all..your child will not be getting the right one on one care they deserve..lower ratio is better,,for your child
There are state laws about these things, so a facility can be reported if they are not adhering to the ratio.
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1:4- infants under 12 months
1:5- toddlers 12-18 months
1:9- toddlers 18-54 months
1:26- schoolagers, which is k-5 in the center i work
and if you work in a for profit center like i do, they are all about keeping the ratios maxed. it sucks
ETA- my center is a pretty well known name as well i think. theyre nation wide
Ratios in my state are
|Age Range||Ratio For Center-based Care in Indiana State|
|6 years and up||(1:20)|
and they go by the youngest child in the room. If there is even one child under one, there can only be four children.
|Age Range||Ratio For Family Child Care in Indiana State|
|Birth to 24 months||(1:6) two of the 6 children must be at least 16 months and walking.
Otherwise the ratio is 1:4
|Birth to 6 years||(1:10) No more than 3 of the 10 children may be under sixteen months
of age and must be walking
|All ages||(1:12) the maximum capacity in a child care home is 1:12 plus 3 children
during the school year who are enrolled at least in Grade 1
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