Arizona
Arizona Childcare
State Requirements

Staff-to-Children Ratios
A. A licensee shall ensure that at least the following staff-to-children ratios are maintained at all times when providing child care services to enrolled children:
Age Group Staff: Children
Infants 1:5 or 2:11
1-year-old children 1:6 or 2:13
2-year-old children 1:8
3-year-old children 1:13
4-year-old children 1:15
5-year-old children not school-age 1:20
School-age children 1:20
B. A licensee shall:
1. Determine and maintain the required staff-to-children ratio for each group of enrolled children based on the age of the youngest child in the group;
2. Allow a volunteer qualified as a director, teacher-caregiver, or a assistant-teacher caregiver to be counted as staff in staff-to-children ratios; and
3. Not allow a student-aide or an individual qualified as a teacher-caregiver-aide to be counted as staff in staff-to-children ratios. 
C. A licensee shall ensure that:
1. When there are six or more enrolled children present in a facility, the following individuals are present in the facility:
a. A facility director or a directorís designee who meets the requirements in R9-5-401 for a directorís designee; and
b. One additional staff member;
2. When five or fewer enrolled children are present in a facility, the facility director or directorís designee who meets the requirements in R9-5-401 is present in the facility, and an additional staff member is available by telephone or other equally expeditious means and able to reach the facility within 15 minutes
after notification; and
3. When six or more enrolled children are present in a facility, an infant is not placed for supervision with a child who is not an infant.
D. A licensee shall ensure that a staff member assigned to provide child care services to enrolled children does not perform duties that may affect the staff memberís ability to provide child care services to the enrolled children.
E. In addition to maintaining the required staff-to-children ratios, a licensee shall ensure that:
1. Staff members are present on facility premises to perform facility administration, food preparation, food service, and maintenance responsibilities; and
2. Facility maintenance does not depend on the work of enrolled children.
F. If a licensee conducts swimming activities at a swimming pool, the licensee shall ensure that there is a lifeguard on the premises who has current lifeguard certification that includes a demonstration of the lifeguardís ability to perform CPR. If the lifeguard is a staff member, the staff member cannot be counted in the staff-to-children ratios
required by subsection (A).
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