A sure sign of a high quality child care center is a center that maintains adequate staff-to child ratios. In fact, staff-to child ratios has a major affect on the quality of childcare that children receive in many ways.
” Child-to-staff ratios and group sizes are two of the best indicators for determining the quality of a child care program and they significantly effect many other health and safety issues. Smaller group size is associated with a lower risk of infection in child care. (excerpt from the 13 Indicators of quality childcare report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
The risk of illness in children between the ages of one and three years of age increases as the group size increases to four or more, whereas children in groups of three or fewer have no more risk of illness than children cared for at home.”
(Bartlett, Orton, & Turner, 1986; Bell, Gleiber, Mercer, Hifer, Guinter, Cohen, Epstein, & Narayanan, 1989). The risk of repeated ear infections increases in one- to six-year old children who attend child care in groups of more than six children (Hardy & Fowler, 1993).
Moreover, when your child care facility is out of child-to-staff ratio, this could result in a citation from your local Child Care Licensing agency; if observed during a licensing visit.
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With Quality Care in mind!
You have the power to transform your Business
with your words.
When I opened my Child Care Center, it didn’t take long for me to discover that I hated supervising employees. In fact, I despised it so much that I spoke about it quite often.
Talking about my hate for supervising employees only brought me more difficulties as an employer and it resulted in the following:
- Meetings about strife amongst employees
- Employees called off work frequently
- Dealing with poor attitudes
- High Turnover
- Employees walking off the job and many other issues
I think you get the point. My words created years of frustrations for me as an employer and my situation did not change until I changed my words about being an employer.
Your words can also affect your relationship with your parents. If you complain about your families all the time, you just may be complaining your business a way. Try to find the good in every situation, if there is nothing good about dealing with the family; discontinue the relationship.
However, as I developed my leadership skills and changed my words, I was a happier Business Owner and things began to change in my Business.
What about you? Are you happy with your Child Care Business? What have you been speaking over your business lately? Take a moment to reflect….
I want to encourage you to choose your words carefully, because your business will only rise to the words that you speak.
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To your Success,
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