I have two children aged 3 years and 6 years so that means I can have 2 more under 5's and two over 5's. With all the change and the talk of ratios increasing, I am just making sure that if I work with an assistant that I can still have those 4 children under 5's as long as the assistant is with me at all times. Thanks in advance.
Im slightly confused about this as I've been told (by another cm at the group i go to)as I have my own under 5 I could increase my ratios under the eyfs clause 3.40. This states that if the individual needs of all the children are being met, then exceptions to the usual ratios can be made when child minders are caring for sibling babies or their own baby. So, (although I haven't done it), does it mean that as one of the children is mine, I can have 4 in total under 5? It really isn't made that clear in the book and all Ofsted say is that they no longer discuss ratios with childminders. Does any one know about that? (And sorry to hijack, I just thought it was a similar question).
I would treat the government proposals to increase ratios with some caution. They are only proposals at this stage, and there has been a lot of opposition to them so who knows if or when they will actually be implemented, or what extra conditions may be attached. I have heard a lot of people planning on the basis that it WILL come in this September, but that is not certain, and a lot of families could be looking for other childcare if they are depending on this change.