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Could you kindly share your opinions on how many children you consider should be with one adult? This would be from ages 3 to 5/6.

 

A friend of mine is looking for a school for her child, who will become 3 on the last days of August. She is also concerned that he might be the youngest of his class since most of the children have to be 3 years old by the 1st of Sept. They live in the U.S.A.

 

Thanks in advance :o !

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I know that it is supposed to be 1:13 and, if it is a group of 30, at least one teacher. But, is this the reality in your settings? What do you think is best, especially for a 3 year old?

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As few as possible is the ideal! When I worked in day nurseries it was 1:8 which was much better. What are the ratios in US then?

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Out of choice we like 1:5 or less whenever possible at 3... 1:6 is usually our Max for 4.

 

as we all know we need 3 pairs of hands with the younger ones, but once settled and in a routine we do occasionally work 1:8.

 

Curious as to what is ratio in US if you are asking this question?

 

Inge

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We have a 1:6 ratio for our 3-5 year olds - that is in a playgroup. The nursery attached to the school locally works on a 1:10 ratio because they have a teacher. :o She is like an octopus, obviously! xD

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Well, I really don't know what is the ratio in the USA. I do recall a friend having a class of 25 with 5 year olds, 16 if they were 4... if I am not wrong. That was long time ago and she died young xD from an infection she got at the hospital.

 

I would say the most for 4 - 5 should be 1:8, for 2- 3 should be 1:4 the most... but blessed are those who can enjoy this :o . I have 16 all my myself, well 14 because 2 moved back to their native countries.

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This new EYPS brings a 1:13 for over 3's but i think thats ridiculous. We will only be using the 1:13 where we have unqualified staff to use within this, but I will be e.g. conducting observations whilst those staff support the children.

 

The ratios are 1:13 with a teacher present

1:10 for over 8's

1:8 for over 3's

1:4 for over 2'3

1:3 for under 2's

 

We stick to these but have supernumery staff "pottering" about doing various things, so support is always available to reduce any stress on the staff.

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Yes, Marion... they have put 1:30 for a Reception Class :o ! I just can't understand why they keep putting Reception children as 'school-aged' and don't leave this group definitively within the Foundation Stage. Reception has and keeps being like the jam/cheese between the sandwich xD .

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