Staff & Child Ratios

Children are supervised at all times at Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool. According to regulations of the State of Iowa, and recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association, the required caregiver to child ratios are observed. When mixed-age groups of children three years and older are in the same room, the caregiver/child ratio is consistent with the age of the majority of the children in the room.

age caregiver:children
0–24 mo 1:4
2 yrs 1:6
3 yrs 1:8
4 yrs 1:12
5 yrs + 1:15

Each employee is oriented and trained according to guidelines provided by the Iowa Department of Human Services and Iowa Quality Rating System. Staff training includes certification in First Aid and CPR and training in mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect, universal precautions, infectious disease control, safety, and emergency procedures. Each employee is oriented to our programming, including daily room routine and activities, and is required to maintain continuing education hours annually. Background of many Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool caregivers includes one-, two-, and four-year degree programs in early childhood or education, or the Child Development Associate Certificate.