Safe Sleep and Rest Times

Brayside Preschool Safe Sleep and Rest Times

Introduction

All children have individual sleep and rest requirements. Children need a comfortable relaxing environment to enable their bodies to rest. This environment must be safe and well supervised to ensure children are safe, healthy and secure in their environment.

Goals

The preschool will ensure that all children have appropriate opportunities to sleep, rest and relax in accordance with their individual needs.

Strategies

The Approved Provider will:

  • “Take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs for sleep and rest of children being educated and cared for by the service are met, having regard to the ages, development stages and individual needs of the children.” (Regulation 81.)
  • Ensure that areas for sleep and rest are well ventilated and have natural lighting

The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • “Take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs for sleep and rest of children being educated and cared for by the preschool are met, having regard to the ages, development stages and individual needs of the children.” (Regulation 81.)
  • Maintain up to date knowledge regarding safe sleeping practice and communicate this information to educators and families

Educators will:

  • Consult with families about children’s sleep and rest needs. Educators will be sensitive to each child’s needs so that sleep and rest times are a positive experience
  • Ensure that beds/mattresses are clean and in good repair. Beds and mattresses will be wiped over with warm water and neutral detergent or vinegar between each use
  • Arrange children’s beds to allow easy access for children and staff
  • Create a relaxing atmosphere for resting children by playing relaxation music, reading stories, cultural reflection, turning off lights and ensuring children are comfortably clothed
  • The environment should be tranquil and calm for both educators and children. Educators will sit near resting children and support them by encouraging them to relax and listen to music or stories
  • Remember that children do not need to be ‘patted’ to sleep. By providing a quiet, tranquil environment, children will choose to sleep if their body needs it
  • Encourage children to rest their bodies and minds for 20-30 minutes
  • If children are awake after this time, they will be provided quiet activities for the duration of rest time
  • Maintain adequate supervision and maintain educator ratios throughout the rest period
  • Assess each child’s circumstances and current health to determine whether higher supervision levels and checks may be required
  • Communicate with families about their child’s sleeping or rest times and the service policy regarding sleep and rest times
  • Respect family preferences regarding sleep and rest and consider these daily while ensuring children feel safe and secure in the environment
  • Conversations with families may be necessary to remind families that children will neither be forced to sleep nor prevented from sleeping
  • Encourage children to dress appropriately for the room temperature when resting or sleeping
  • Lighter clothing is preferable, with children encouraged to remove shoes, jumpers, jackets and bulky clothing. The room temperature will be considered to ensure maximum comfort for the children

Find out more

To find out more about our safe sleep and rest times policy contact us on (02) 6652 8846 or via email on janette@braysidepreschool.com.au.