Nap/Quiet Time Policy

Nap/Quiet Time Policy:

Everyday between 1:00-3:00pm, we have nap/quiet time. All children will lay down to rest. Children are not necessarily required to sleep during this time, but they must stay on their cots or in their playpens. Children who are not napping may have quiet time activities after the first 30 minutes. The duration of the nap will vary on the different ages of children and their needs.

I do not provide services to children who do not need full afternoon naps. The only acceptation to this rule is newborns that need feedings during nap and new children who enter the daycare who need a couple of weeks to adjust to our schedule.

 

Each child will be provided with a safe comfortable sleeping space with separate bedding (washed weekly and as needed). Infants will sleep in a play pen. I will sleep infants on their backs according to the recommended guidelines to prevent SIDS. If your child needs to sleep on their stomach or in an unothorized sleeping arrangement, you must obtain a written statement from a doctor.

Children between the ages of 18 months and 2 years old children will be adjusted to sleeping on a cot instead of in a playpen.

 

I ask that you keep visits & phone calls during this time to a minimum as it may cause a disruption for the children sleeping.

Your child may bring a special blanket or stuffed animal for naptime if you wish. Please do not allow your child to bring anything else into the daycare setting. No toys, candy or snacks, money, etc.

Children are not to be picked up or dropped off at this time, as it will cause a disruption for all the other children.

 

Typical Sleep Requirements in Early Childhood:

Age

Total Hours of Sleep

Night Sleep

Day Sleep

Number of Naps

1-6 days old

16

Varied

Varied

Varied

1 week to 3 months old

14

Varied

Varied

Varied

3 to 5 months old

13

8 ½

4 ½

3-4

6 to 8 months old

12 ½

9 ¼

3 ¼

2-3

9 to 11 months old

12 ¼

9 ½

2 ¾

2

12 to 17 months old

11 ¾

9 ¼ to 10 ¼

1 ½ to 2 ½

1-2

18 to 23 months old

12

10

2

1

2 years old

11 ½

9 ½ To 9 5/8

1 7/8 – 2

1

3 years old

11 ¼

9 ¾ to 11 ¼

0-1 ½

0-1

4 years old

11

10-11

0-1

0-1

5 years old

10 ¾

10 ¾

0

0

Why Napping is Essential:

Daily naps for children are essential for good days and good nights. Many parents believe their child will sleep better at night without a nap during the day. However, if your child is overly tired, they may become stressed and irritable, and their behavior may actually worsen. Often they become overactive, making it difficult to fall asleep at bedtime. Only after age 5 will eliminating afternoon naps help a child go to bed earlier in the evening.

Napping daily can be beneficial for your children. Children who nap have longer attention spans and are less irritable than those who are not napping. Naps are valuable and when they are given up – usually sometime after 3 years of age – they should be replaced with a structured quiet time. Children need this time to re-group. This quiet time will be used for looking at books, working on puzzles and play that is less active.