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    What's the child/staff ratio in playschools please?

    Hoping someone will have a quick answer for me instead of doing loads of googling

    Thanks xx

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    Original Poster

    2 years and 4 months up to school age (4)

    There should always be an appropriate number of adults to children. The … There should always be an appropriate number of adults to children. The staffing ratio being:- 1 adult to every 4 children aged 2 year and 1 to 8 for 3 * 5 years. However, if the building presents particular problems, extra staff may be necessary. A higher ratio of adults to children may also be necessary when children with disabilities attend a group.

    Some schools may choose to mix their reception classes with groups of younger children, in which case they should use their discretion in establishing ratios for these mixed groups based on the EYFS welfare requirements (that is, 1:30 for the reception group and 1:13, 1:8 and so on for the younger children). This applies whether the pre-school element is provided directly by the school or in partnership through a PVI provider

    Original Poster

    greg_68;5201798

    Depends on their ages.]Here may be a start



    Thanks for the link! Rep coming your way :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Thanks choc and amcol!

    Im still unsure as i obviously dont know how many kids of each age group are there!

    Ratios vary according to the setting, i.e. a higher child to adult ratio is permitted in school to that in the private sector.(Foundation Stage 1 and 2)
    The level of qualification varies too in the setting.In FS2 the ratio is 1:30 but the adult must be a qualified teacher.

    If your child is two years of age, his/her keyworker should have responsibility for four children ( including your child )

    Original Poster

    Its an independant playschool normally run by 3 qualified staff and 2 helpers. 2 of the qualified staff were not in this afternoon and i was wondering if they are allowed to do that??

    The playschool takes a maximum of 26 children

    loobie;5202042

    Its an independant playschool normally run by 3 qualified staff and 2 … Its an independant playschool normally run by 3 qualified staff and 2 helpers. 2 of the qualified staff were not in this afternoon and i was wondering if they are allowed to do that??The playschool takes a maximum of 26 children



    I think that most childcarers now have to have or be working towards a level3 in childcare. Aren't the helpers, trained in some way?

    Original Poster

    ClarityofMind;5202081

    I think that most childcarers now have to have or be working towards a … I think that most childcarers now have to have or be working towards a level3 in childcare. Aren't the helpers, trained in some way?



    I'm not sure to be honest, without asking i suppose i'll never find out x

    loobie;5202103

    I'm not sure to be honest, without asking i suppose i'll never find out x



    I'd ask if I were you. I'm sure when the qualified staff have to be away from the children they should ensure that there are appropriate child numbers : staff in place.

    You could look up their Ofsted report and see what Ofsted say bout them x

    Original Poster

    My son goes and i'm happy with them but after today i was wondering if it was ok for them to do that! He is leaving to go to school in Sept but other parents might not be so relaxed about it!

    Why not just ask the manager/head what their policy is and take it from there.

    It will be written down somewhere (you probably have a copy yourself from when they started).

    loobie;5202261

    My son goes and i'm happy with them but after today i was wondering if it … My son goes and i'm happy with them but after today i was wondering if it was ok for them to do that! He is leaving to go to school in Sept but other parents might not be so relaxed about it!



    one option is to run it by the care commission they will be registered and inspected by them. They can also set your mind at ease or check iout if the appropriate staff ,child ratio has been adhered to. They will respect your confidentiality:)

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice peeps, will check it all out xx

    loobie;5202434

    Thanks for the advice peeps, will check it all out xx



    If your lil one is happy there thats the most important thing. Kids soon say if they're scared of somewhere even if they can't say why what or how xx
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