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Summary information on some of the
regulations (The information below is provided as a convenience to interested parties,
it is highly recommended that the actual regulations be viewed, as the
information contained below is a non-expert summary. Links to the current
regulations are provided)
This document summarizes some of the elements in a Child Care environment
which have been identified as key to meeting a child's developmental needs. What
cannot be set out in regulations is the manner in which a caregiver interacts
with a child. This element must be observed and judged carefully by a
parent. To help parents carefully review child care options please review
our detailed child care
Child Care Staff Ratios and
Group SizeThe number of caregiving staff to the number of
children is critical to the quality of care and interaction your child will
receive. The overall size of the group also has a significant impact on
the quality of interaction. Larger groups generate more noise, tension and
related stresses. Child Care Space RequirementsThe
amount of physical space for each child to play impacts a child's ability to
have sufficient room to explore and to play without feeling over crowded.
There needs to be adequate space indoors and out. Child Care Staff Education
RequirementsNumerous studies have shown that better trained
staff provide higher quality care.
Square feet is the amount of space available in a room, measuring from
permanent wall to permanent wall, less any significant cutouts. The
number of children in a room cannot exceed the space of that room,
regardless of the overall center capacity.
Space may be 'overcrowded' during Nap time and Meal time, for children over
24 months, for a maximum of 2 1/2 hours per day. Space may never be over
crowded for Infants and Young toddlers.
Playground space required is based on the number of children using the
playground at one time. A reasonable amount of playground space, to allow
all children playground use, must be available. Playground space cannot be
counted in the care space. Playground space may be indoor or outdoor space,
suitable for Large Motor activities.
Pennsylvania Group Home Staffing: There are two (2)
'levels' of staff. Primary and Secondary.
A high school diploma or general educational development
certificate and at least two years of experience with children. Post
secondary education can used to replace the experience requirement. A
primary staff person is responsible for the supervision of children receiving
care in the facility. Click here to see Pennsylvania
Group Home Primary staff person qualifications and responsibilities