Staff Qualifications, Ratios
Ratios- Infant- 1 teacher to 5 children
Toddler – 1 teacher to 5 children
Preschool- 1 teacher to 8 children
Kinder- 1 teacher to 13 children
JK, SK B/A- 1 teacher to 15 children
All staff members must have:
-Diploma in Early Childhood Education or equivalent
-Standard First Aid & CPR (Must be current; completed within the last 3 years for CPR and the last 5 years for standard First Aid
-Experience is an asset, but not mandatory
-Immunizations for teachers, students and volunteers (note: students are not counted in staffing ratios)
Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
The ministry of Education and the City of Kingston requires all licensed childcare facilities to obtain a Criminal Reference Check (CPIC) and a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) for all people including employees, students and volunteers, or any person providing childcare services at the centre before interacting with the children.
To obtain a CPIC/VSC you must go to The Kingston Police Station @ 705 Division Street or visit their website to do your application online.
For employees, the vulnerable sector check must be prepared no earlier than six months before the day it is obtained by West End Children’s Centre.
For Volunteers and students, WECC may obtain a copy of a vulnerable sector check instead of the original document except if over six months have passed since the day the vulnerable sector check was completed, the student must also provide an offense declaration that addresses the period since that day. In no circumstances can the vulnerable sector check be older than five years.
For other persons who provide childcare or other services at WECC, an offense declaration from the person; or attestation from the person’s employee or the entity who retained the person’s services, confirming that:
- The employer, person or entity has obtained and reviewed a vulnerable sector check from that person.
- The vulnerable sector check was performed in the last five years.
- The vulnerable sector check did not list any convictions for any offenses under the Criminal Code (Canada) and listed in the CCEYA.