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Chapter 1. Child Care Center General Licensing Requirements Article 6. Continuing Requirements Teacher-Child Ratio   

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(a) There shall be a ratio of one teacher visually observing and supervising no more than 12 children in attendance, except as specified in (b) and (c) below.

(1) The number of children in attendance shall not exceed licensed capacity.

(2) Whenever children are engaged in activities away from the center, no teacher shall be in charge of a group of more than 12 children.

(b) The licensee may use teacher aides in a teacher-child ratio of one teacher and one aide for every 15 children in attendance.

(1) A ratio of one fully qualified teacher (as specified in Section 101216.1(c)) and one aide for every 18 children in attendance in a preschool program is allowed when the aide meets the qualifications specified in Section 101216.2(d).

(A) This ratio does not apply to children enrolled in an infant care center or a school-age child care center.

(c) Child development programs funded by the California Department of Education and operating under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations are not required to meet the teacher-child ratios specified in (a) and (b) above. Title 5 staffing ratios shall apply in such centers.

(d) The licensee may include the child care center director in the teacher-child ratio when the director is actually engaged in teaching a group of children.

(1) The licensee may include the substitute child care center director in the teacher-child ratio when the substitute director is actually engaged in teaching a group of children.

(e) Each licensee shall maintain an up-to-date list of qualified teacher substitutes as defined in Section 101152q.(1). Substitutes on this list shall be called immediately in case of emergency or illness to meet the teacher-child ratios required by this chapter.

(f) During nap periods the teacher-child ratio specified in Section 101230(c) shall apply.

(g) A teacher shall not be required to perform housekeeping or maintenance duties that prevent him/her from performing duties related to providing care and supervision to children.

(h) Persons employed for clerical, housekeeping and maintenance functions shall not be included as teachers in the teacher-child ratio.

(1) The licensee may use such persons as emergency substitutes for teachers while a qualified teacher substitute is being secured.

Authority cited:

Health and Safety Code 1596.81

Reference:

Health and Safety Code 1596.72

Health and Safety Code 1596.73

Health and Safety Code 1596.81

Health and Safety Code 1597.05

Health and Safety Code 1597.059

(Amended By Register 2002, No. 39)