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

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Topic Overview

The number of children per adult care provider is one thing that reflects the quality and safety of a child care setting. Total group size also matters. These factors vary by province and the child's age. They also vary by the type and size of the child care centre, and other things. For example, for children age 12 months or younger, the child-to-staff ratio might be 3 babies to 1 adult caregiver. In a group child care centre, the maximum number of babies might be 6.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017