Floor Space Per Pupil
Posted 29 August 2005 - 06:35 PM
Am new to nursery and have a question about how 'they' work the floor space out per pupil. Do the measurements include toilets, disabled toilet, kitchen and corridoor floor area? Just wondered as my working nursery space is the same as another local nursery yet they have a max of 14 children and my max is 20.
I have a corridoor and separate toilets/kitchen within the room but none of this can be used by the children as equipment in the entrance corridoor (which is quite long) would pose a health and safety issue. The other nursery use the school toilets outside their room and have no kitchen room.
Posted 30 August 2005 - 06:04 PM
Long time since I registered, but I thought "they" worked it out by "clear" floor space per child.
The space per child changes depending on age, so this may be why the other nursery is different
I would ask "they" for their rationalle, as we all know "they" often have their own individual ( or local) interpretations of the standards requirements.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 08:30 AM
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:04 AM
I should have said we are both school nurseries Peggy and have the same age children - I am going to be having a good look into this when I get in there.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:12 AM
Posted 31 August 2005 - 11:19 AM
So, if you have fixed shelves, storage, sinks etc in the main room, these have to be taken out of the equation. However, if you have tables, chairs, storage trays on wheels, room dividers etc, these can be included as the theory behind it is that they can be moved to allow the children space to move and play.
Can't help on the toilets/corridor issue but I would have thought that these would not be counted as 'play' space.
As others have suggested... contact Ofsted directly or your local Development Officer, who should be able to come out and measure the space
Posted 31 August 2005 - 03:57 PM
Under 2's 3.5 sq mtrs
2 years 2.5 sq mtrs
3 - 7 years 2.3 sq mtrs
Posted 31 August 2005 - 07:09 PM
Under 2's 3.7 sq m's
2 - 3's 2.8 sq m's
3 and over 2.3 sq m's
Obviously our younger children require more space that those in England. As far as I'm aware it's 'usable' space so I guess in theory that could include the corridor even if it isn't terribly practical. :D
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Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:43 AM
I was surprised that the space per child is different in Scotland & England, thats a question I will add to my list for when we get our next Ofsted.
Our outdoor area an dwalk way also was used in our space calculation.
In the standards it also states that there should be a minimum of 1 toilet and 1 hand was basin for every 10 children over the age of 2 years.
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