Examples: Lower ratios may be warranted based on the special physical, social, or developmental needs of children within the group, the risks associated with a particular activity, and the qualifications and competencies of the teachers to ensure that children’s needs are being met.
When mixing age groups, the organization ensures:
the developmental needs of all children can be met;
teachers are skilled in programming for mixed-aged groupings; and
the group’s teacher-child ratio is tailored with consideration given to the age of the youngest children in the group.
NAThe organization does not offer mixed-age groupings.
Teaching staff maintain constant supervision of the children in their care by both sight and sound.
Indoor and outdoor facilities are arranged to ensure constant child supervision, including:
convenient storage of items needed for napping, feeding, diapering, and administrative tasks;
low barriers between designated spaces to maintain constant visibility of the entire room;
convex mirrors installed wherever they are needed; and
visibility of the classroom by more than one adult.