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Do you run a childcare centre? Then you need to make sure your children’s groups meet the familiar-face criterion. This means that each child sees at least one familiar face in his or her group during the day. The criterion applies to each child individually and is not determined at group level.
What is a familiar face?
A familiar face is a childcarer who is always there when the child is there. This helps the child develop a sense of social-emotional security. The familiar-face criterion is different for babies and older children. There may be other childcarers present apart from the familiar face.
Familiar-face criterion for babies
The standard for baby groups (under the age of 1) is 2 familiar faces, when the professional childcarer-child ratio is 1 or 2. If the professional childcarer-child ratio is 3 or over 3, the standard for babies is 3 familiar faces.
Familiar-face criterion for children
If there are 1 or 2 childcarers per group, the standard for children (aged 1 and over) is 3 familiar faces.
If there are 3 or more childcarers per group, the maximum is 4 familiar faces.