Regulatory compliance

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is our licensing agency. All policies and procedures listed in this handbook comply with EEC regulations. A copy of the regulations is available from Administration. Specific regulations all educators must be aware of and follow include:

Postings

EEC requires us to post the following information in an area easily visible to parents, educators, and visitors:

First Circle provides classrooms the following required postings:

Ratios

DURING THE FIRST AND FINAL 2 HOURS OF THE PROGRAM DAY

GROUP SIZE # OF EDUCATORS LIMITS ON AGES
1-6 1 No more than 2 infants;
No more than 3 children younger than 2.
1-6 2 No more than 6 children younger than 2.
7-8 2 No more than 2 infants;
No more than 3 children younger than 2.
7-10 2 No more than 3 infants
No more than 6 children younger than 2.
7-10 3 No more than 6 children younger than 15 months.

ALL TIMES OTHER THAN FIRST/LAST 2 HOURS OF THE DAY

AGE GROUP MAX GROUP SIZE EDUCATOR:CHILD RATIO EDUCATOR QUALIFICATIONS
Infants
up to 15 months
7 1:3 – one additional educator for 4-7 infants At least 1 Infant/Toddler Teacher
Toddlers
15 to 33 months
9 1:4 – one additional educator for 5-9 toddlers At least 1 Infant/Toddler Teacher
Preschoolers
33 months and up
20 1:10 At least 1 Preschool Teacher

Qualifications

Work qualifications are based on education and previous work experience.

Supervision of children

According to EEC regulations, educators must supervise children at all times, including indoor and outdoor activities, mealtimes, naptime, transportation, field trips, and transitions between activities.

Interactions/curriculum

The following requirements apply to all programs:

What to do when EEC arrives

We have a good working relationship with our licensors because they can count on us to always follow regulations. Our licensor can visit unannounced any time for spot checks or to follow up on an injury or complaint. When our licensor arrives, there is no reason to be anxious. Please double check your cabinets are locked, attendance sheets are in order, and you have an accurate headcount.