Each child is supervised to ensure:
Interpretation: Protocols should provide direction on how to use relevant organizational or community resources to respond to individuals who are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, mentally or physically unstable, or a safety risk.
The child care center maintains teacher-child ratios and group sizes that:
Interpretation: Generally, the organization maintains teacher-child ratios that do not exceed COA’s Recommended Teacher-Child Ratios and Group Sizes. Additionally, group sizes should not exceed those listed in the chart. Teachers assess and modify group size and/or ratios downward 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. Conversely, ratios may be modified at nap time or during early and late arrival times when the needs for supervision are reduced. However, there must always be a qualified staff person available should the individual in the classroom need assistance.
Interpretation: Average daily attendance is acceptable for group size and ratios in childcare centers, as long as the organization has back-up help available when unusually large numbers of children are present.
Teacher-child ratios are maintained at all times both on- and off-site, including when a teacher:
Interpretation: When teaching staff leave the room for five minutes or less, it is not required that a substitute be brought in to maintain ratios. However, if a teacher or assistant will be gone longer than five minutes, a substitute must be brought in to provide coverage and maintain ratios.
When mixing age groups, the organization ensures:
NA The 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: