REST & NAPS
Children 5 years and under at the Center for 4 hours or more will be given the chance to rest or nap. We will work with parents and the child’s home schedule in regard to napping.
Infants will sleep on their own schedule.
1 year olds who still need a morning and afternoon nap will be given that opportunity.
A child who does not sleep after 30 minutes or who wakes while others are still sleeping will be able to play with quiet activities.
Parents must supply a sleeping bag for their child (ages 1 and up). Each child will be placed at least 2 feet away from the next resting child.
If a parent requests their child be wakened from nap after a certain period of time rather than the child waking on his/her own, a teacher will not attempt this until the child has been asleep for 1 full hour. If the child does not wake easily, the teacher will not insist the child wake up. If the child has a difficult afternoon as a result of not getting complete rest, the child will not be wakened in the future. Enough rest is a very important part of a child’s development.
Bedding will be stored in sanitary conditions. If personal bedding becomes soiled, it will be bagged or stored separately and parents will be asked to take it home that day for cleaning.
· Either that cleaned bedding or other bedding will be needed at the center for the next attendance day.
Parents must take their child’s personal bedding home every 5 uses to be washed. Once Upon a Time policy requires parents take personal bedding home to wash every Friday.
Infant sleep policy includes:
Every infant at the Center will be placed on his/her back in the crib for sleep. The child will then be allowed to move to his/her most comfortable sleeping position.
Bumper pads, comforters, large or fluffy blankets, stuffed toys, pillows and other soft items are not permitted in the crib with the child.
The infant will be placed with feet toward the end of the crib.
If an infant falls asleep in a caregiver’s arms, on the floor or in an infant seat, the child shall be moved to the crib and placed on his/her back.
If an older infant (who can lift his/her own head and roll over) is placed on his/her back for sleep and rolls over onto his/her tummy, staff may allow the infant to sleep in that position.
When an infant wakes, he or she shall be taken out of the crib.
Every child will be placed on his/her back for sleeping unless there is a written medical authorization signed by a doctor stating why a different sleep position is required. Non-mobile babies will spend time on their tummies when they are awake to engage and strengthen neck and head muscles, but safe from potential SIDS.
All employees must complete SIDS training to learn about SIDS techniques and prevention strategies before working with infants. Even if a staff member does not regularly work with infants, they must still complete the SIDS training.
Each parent of a new infant enrolled in the Center will be given a current SIDS informational brochure. The brochure will give more information about SIDS and ways to prevent it.