Child Health, Attachment, & Wellbeing

Sleep, Nap and Rest Times for Children (and staff rest breaks)

Sleep1By Warwick Marshall
(includes some examples drawn from comments posted on ChildForum’s Facebook page)
© ChildForum

 

Nap, sleep and rest times have led to tensions and stand-offs between teachers, parents and children in some centres and home-based services.

Perhaps instead of asking who should decide whether a child has a sleep or nap, when, and for how long, we should work toward solutions that please and best suit everyone.

This article discusses and provides information on: 

1. Parents’ wishes and worries

2. The challenges for teachers and ECE services of meeting parent wishes

3. Solutions and answers

4. Research on the importance of sleep for pre-school aged children

5. Guidelines for how much sleep on average a child should have

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