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.
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.
A familiar face is important for babies, as it helps to develop a sense of social-emotional security. The maximum number and implementation of familiar faces is determined individually for each child, not at group level.