Victorian child/staff ratios are about to change. I am yet to hear a staff member complain about the existing ratios and have observed that they have been more than adequate. If a teacher in a primary school can manage 18-5yr olds by him/herself then I don't see why a kinder teacher cannot cope with 15 children. Under 3's ratios are adequate if care is taken in the age range mix of the children. One staff member will obviously have difficulties in managing 5 babies.
I am sure that the new ratios will improve the quality of care BUT wage cost (wages, super, workcover) is by far the largest expense in child care. This cost will sicnificantly increase with the new staff/child ratios. Unless the govt dramatically increases the CCB then parents will not be able to afford child care and back yard care will surface again. It is all well and good for staff to claim that the changes to staff/child ratios will be a good outcome but will they keep saying that when they are out of work? Owners of child care centres, including community run centres, will not be able to absorb the increased cost. It will be passed on to parents. The bottom line is that unless the govt increases the funding for child care we will have severe problems.