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my DD starts daycare tomorrow...for half the day there are two daycare workers and then one goes for half the day my DD, who is 12 weeks, and another baby who is 6 weeks will be there with one daycare worker and about 6 other preschool age kids....should i be worried?



Asked by mamagee1218 at 10:29 PM on Oct. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Okay, I looked it up based on the state listed on your profile. For a Daycare center the teacher to child ratio for Infants is (1:4). For a home daycare it is-

    Birth to 24 months (1:6) two of the 6 children must be at least 16 months and walking.
    Otherwise the ratio is 1:4
    Birth to 6 years

    (1:10) No more than 3 of the 10 children may be under sixteen months
    of age and must be walking


    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:37 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • That doesn't sound legal to me. Child care centers have guidelines for adult to child ratios.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:30 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Yeah I'm pretty sure that's illegal. I think (in CA anyway) it's 5 kids: 1 adult. With 2 very young infants and 6 older theres there should be at least 1 more adult.

    Answer by jessicarae787 at 10:32 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • i would b..i wouldnt want my child who is under 2 alone with one person an 7 other kids for more than 5 min..i didnt even leave my kids with anyone with more than 2 kids in their home til they were at least 1

    Answer by FreeSpriT4eva at 10:32 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Is this a home daycare? That is one of the reason's why I don't like some home daycares, there is too big of an age difference. What state do you live in and I can tell you what the child to teacher ratio is.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:33 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Indiana

    Comment by mamagee1218 (original poster) at 10:34 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • Most daycares can't have those age kids together.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:35 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • So based on that chart it is not legal unless some of the children leave when the other daycare worker does. I would find out more about the situation and if she does have 6 preschool age kids with 2 babies then I would strongly suggest finding another daycare provider AND reporting her to the state.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:39 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • My step mom who has a licensed home daycare in Illinois has always had 7 kids at a time, she is allowed 2 babies at a time and 5 toddlers and preschoolers I think, I'm not sure what the rules are with the older kids, but it's 2 babies. And I'm sure it's legal, food program people have come and met with her during the day when I was there before and I imagine she has to get checked out by other state people at times too. She has to take classes and do all kinds of stuff to stay licensed, so I know it's allowed. Anyway, she has never had a problem caring for them all and she's done it for probably 30 years now.

    Answer by mybella81 at 10:40 PM on Oct. 10, 2010

  • yes, it is a home daycare

    Comment by mamagee1218 (original poster) at 10:40 PM on Oct. 10, 2010