Ratios

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by scarfandhat, Mar 30, 2019.

1. scarfandhatNew commenter

Can anyone help with ratios please?!
We will have

4 - 2 year old
11 - 3-4 Year old
15 - Reception aged children

From what I understand it is 1:4 for the 2 year olds, 1:8 for the 3-4 and 1:30 for the reception children.
Does that mean 3 members of staff would cover the ratio?
Thank-you!

2. caterpillartobutterflyStar commenter

I think it is 1:8 for the 2 year olds and 1:13 for the 3-4 year olds, if the person is level 6 qualified.
Certainly I can have 13 in my 3-4 year old class.

It could be that your 4 year olds from the 3-4 group, could count with reception, so if there were enough of them, you could have 2 members of staff.
I would want 3 though...sounds like a very tricky group to manage!

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4. scarfandhatNew commenter

@caterpillartobutterfly thank you! I know I posted a while back, still trying to get my head around everything! Thank you for replying

5. ToomuchtooyoungOccasional commenter

EYFS p24.
You need a level 3 for the 2 year olds. Ratio 1:4.
3-4 year old not in reception year ratio is either 1:8 or 1:13 depending on the highest qualification L3 or L6, I assume L6 qts ie your reception teacher.
Reception age 1:30
You will need 3 members of staff for the numbers you mention
Your 4 yo will only count in the higher reception ratio if they are turning 5 that academic year, they have to be reception age.

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Agreed with toomychtooyoung.
You need 3. 2 is not enough as your two year old needs 1 person just for them, regardless of qualification.
Assuming this is a unit and your reception teachers has QTS, then your 3 year olds can be 13 to 1. If there is no L6 then they need 8 to 1 and you would need a 4th person.

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7. StiltskinStar commenter

Link to the EYFS statutory framework document

Level 6 (degree level) qualification needs to be relevant, so can also include EYPS and EYTS as well as QTS