Child Care Providers: Safe Child-Staff Ratio and Group Size

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Child Care Providers: Safe Child-Staff Ratio and Group Size

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Each province has standards for these factors that vary by age and facility type. For example, the standards in British Columbia include a specific ratio of staff to children present in the facility.

  • In a group daycare facility, for children under the age of 36 months, each group of:
    • 4 or fewer children, one infant and toddler educator is required.
    • 5 to 8 children, one infant and toddler educator and one early childhood educator are required.
    • 9 to 12 children, one infant and toddler educator, one early childhood educator, and one assistant are required.
  • In a group daycare facility, for children age 30 months to school age, each group of:
    • 8 or fewer children, one early childhood educator is required.
    • 9 to 16 children, one early childhood educator and one assistant are required.
    • 17 to 25 children, one early childhood educator and two assistants are required.
  • In a preschool facility, for children age 30 months to school age, each group of:
    • 15 or fewer children, one early childhood educator is required.
    • 16 to 20 children, one early childhood educator and one assistant are required.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Primary Medical Reviewer Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised November 22, 2010

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