Ratios

Staffing Requirements

These requirements will become effective and enforceable one year after implementation or October 1, 2015, whichever is later.

When determining the worker:child ratio (number of staff to children) within a licensed child care facility, each and every child under the age of thirteen (13) present at the facility shall be counted.  This number includes the children of the child care provider and the children of any child care workers.

Only licensed child care workers, juvenile child care workers, and volunteers who are caring for children shall be counted as staff in the ratio.  Visitors shall not count in the worker:child ratio.

  • Volunteers must be supervised by a licensed worker at all times.
  • Juvenile child care workers must be supervised by a licensed worker at all times.
  • Visitors must be supervised by a licensed worker at all times.

Worker:Child Point System

The maximum allowable worker:child ratio shall not exceed twelve (12) points.  The number of points is determined by using the following point system:

NUMBER OF CHILDREN ALLOWED
Number of Staff Required Less than 2 Years 2 Years 3-4 Years 5-12 Years
1 Maximum 5 Children Maximum 6 Children Maximum 10 Children Maximum 12 Children
2 Maximum 10 Children    Maximum 12 Children Maximum 20 Children Maximum 24 Children
3 Maximum 15 Children Maximum 18 Children    Maximum 30 Children    Maximum 36 Children   

 In determining ratios for mixed age groups, use the following points systems:

POINT SYSTEM  
Each child in attendance under two years of age 2.4 points
Each child in attendance two years of age 2 points
Each child in attendance three or four years of age 1.2 points
Each child in attendance five years through 12 years of age 1 point

If the worker:child point system contained in the Idaho Code is more restrictive than City Code, the Idaho Code shall be followed.


Accredited Montessori Schools

Montessori schools accredited by one (1) or more accrediting organizations shall not be required to comply with the worker:child point system above.  Please refer to Boise City Code Title 5 Chapter 33 for further information or contact the City Clerk’s Office.