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Old 08-22-2018, 10:42 AM
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I spoke to the director today and asked her about the ratios. I know what the state ratios are, but if our school follows different, lower, ratios, then I need to know that.

She said that the ratio was 1:10 (State). She said that they TRY to keep the ratios lower, but officially, they follow state ratios.

From what it sounds like, they often change the ratios all willy-nilly around here. Although, I'm not sure if it's really that the center is changing the ratios for the classrooms or if it's more of a case of "there is a big age gap between Billy and the next oldest person in the 2 year old classroom" or "Julie is too big/rough and needs to move up to the 2.5 year old classroom even though she's still a couple months too young." There are a few big gaps like that (there is currently no 18-24 month classroom; I'm hoping to get put into the class when they open it up since there are a few almost ready to move up). If they transitioned a few January babies at the beginning of the summer before they turned 2.5, it could have lowered the ratio for that classroom for a few weeks.

My main concern is that I've been quized by state inspectors about what the ratio is in the room, so I should know if we are following state ratios or not. The director says I don't need to worry about it since the state won't talk to me, but they have in the past.

Of course, they've been leaving me alone even though I haven't been fingerprinted yet which also makes me incredibly nervous. I've had some pretty nasty run-ins with the state in the past. (Some of my old daycares were very poorly run), and I don't want to screw anything up. If the state says the children need to wear shoes or have their sheets on their mats, then it makes me incredibly nervous when my coworkers say to let them keep their shoes off or tangle themselves up in their fitted sheets. (Especially since we're not just abiding by state laws here, but by Grow NJ Kids standards which are additional standards on TOP of the state laws.
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