19 CSR 30-62.112 - Staff/Child Ratios

Current through Register Vol. 47, No. 7, April 1, 2022

PURPOSE: This rule provides the number of staff required for specific ages and numbers of children in care.

(1) The following staff/child ratios shall be maintained on the premises at all times:
(A) Birth Through Two (2) Years. Groups composed of mixed ages through two (2) years shall have no less than one (1) adult to four (4) children, with no more than eight (8) children in a group;
(B) Age Two (2) Years. Groups composed solely of two (2) year olds shall have no less than one (1) adult to eight (8) children, with no more than sixteen (16) children in a group;
(C) Ages Three Through Four (3-4) Years. Groups composed solely of three (3)- and four (4) year olds shall have no less than one (1) adult to ten (10) children;
(D) Ages Five (5) and Up. Groups composed solely of five (5) year olds and older shall have no less than one (1) adult to every sixteen (16) children; and
(E) Mixed Age Groups Two Years (2) and Up. Groups composed of mixed ages of children two (2) years of age and older shall have no less than one (1) adult to ten (10) children with a maximum of four (4) two (2) year olds. When there are more than four (4) two (2) year olds in a mixed group, the staff/child ratio shall be no less than one (1) adult to eight (8) children.
(2) If a center has an attendance of more than fifty (50) children, the center director or individual in charge shall not be included in staff/child ratios except during naptime or on an emergency substitute basis.
(3) If a center has an attendance of more than thirty (30) children at lunch or dinner time, staff shall be provided for meal preparation, serving and clean-up. The staff shall not be included in staff/child ratios during this time.
(4) Individuals employed for clerical, housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance shall not be included in staff/child ratios while performing those duties.

Notes

19 CSR 30-62.112
AUTHORITY: section 210.221.1(3), RSMo Supp. 1993.* This rule previously filed as 13 CSR 40-62.100, 13 CSR 40-62.11 2 and 19 CSR 40-62.112. Original rule filed March 29, 1991, effective Oct. 31, 1991. Changed to 19 CSR 40-62.112, effective Dec. 9, 1993. Changed to 19 CSR 30-62.11 2 July 30, 1998.

*Original authority: 210.221.1(3), RSMo 1949, amended 1955, 1987, 1993.

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