By following strict space guidelines and recommended ratios you are ensuring a high standard of care and safety for all children and babies under your supervision and care. The fewer babies or children cared for by a member of staff, the higher quality of care can be provided. The more space allocated for each baby or child allows them to develop and, with the right supervision, be safe at all times.
Worldwide Kids follows Ofsted standards and guidelines throughout all of our childcare services including the provision, training and SOP’s.
With this in mind, we recommend the following childcarer to child ratio is followed in all childcare facilities:
0 – 2 years: 1 childcarer:3 children
3 – 4 years: 1 childcarer:4 children
4 + years: 1 childcarer:8 children
These ratios are an essential health and safety requirement and must be adhered to at all times. Where required a lower ratio should be used.
As a childcare provider, Worldwide Kids recommends that at least one staff member working with children under the age of four years possesses a full and relevant Early Years level 3 childcare qualification and has experience working with children of this age. The rest of the childcare team, as a minimum requirement, are to have experience working with children of this age and have attended City & Guilds accredited Worldwide Kids Tier 1 Childcare in Leisure & Tourism training.
Worldwide Kids recommends that at least one member of staff working with children over the age of four years possesses a full and relevant level 3 qualification and have experience working with children of this age. The rest of the childcare team are to have experience working with children of this age and should have attended City & Guilds accredited Worldwide Kids Tier 1 Childcare in Leisure & Tourism training.
At least one member of staff at any one time are to possess a full and up to date paediatric first aid certificate.
Worldwide Kids recommends the following space ratios for all indoor childcare facilities:
Children under 4 years: 3.5m2 per child
Children over 4 years: 2.3m2 per child
These calculations should be based on the net area of the rooms used by the children, not including storage areas, thoroughfares, dedicated staff areas, cloakrooms, utility rooms, kitchens and toilets.
A comfortable and stimulating space should be provided for children including areas to relax or sleep and play. Separate and suitable areas must always be provided for babies under the age of two years to ensure safety and care.
By providing the recommended areas you are meeting each child’s cognitive, social and emotional developmental requirements and allowing enough space for childcarers to implement activities and interact with each child.
Emma Lambert, Communications Officer, Worldwide Kids.