Health and Safety Legislation

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Health and safety legislation

Staff to pupil ratio
Specific legal requirements for ratios of adults to children that all early years providers must meet. These specific legal requirements have the force of regulations and therefore must be complied with by all early years providers. These legal requirements reflect the needs of the children in their care and are appropriate to their setting.

Children under two....
* In a child care setting there should be at least one member of staff for every 3 children * at least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification and have suitable experience of working with children under two; * At least half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification * At least half the staff must have received specific training in the care of babies; * The member of staff in charge of the babies’ room must have suitable experience of working with children under two years. Children aged two...

* There must be at least one member of staff for every four children; * At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification (as defined by CWDC); * At least half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification (as defined by CWDC). Child aged three and over....

Between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, where a person with Qualified Teacher Status, Early Years Professional Status or another suitable level 6 qualification (which is full and relevant, and defined by CWDC) is working directly with the children, the following requirements apply: * there must be at least one member of staff for every 13 children; * at least one other member of staff must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification (as defined by CWDC). any time outside the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, or between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm but where a person with Qualified Teacher Status, Early Years Professional Status or another suitable level 6...
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