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 sleep mats or in their playpens. Children who are not napping may watch a show or movie after the first 30 minutes. The duration of the nap will vary on the different ages of children and their needs.

Younger children up to 18 months may still require a morning nap. They will nap between 9:30am and 10:30am. If they are not having the full 2 hour nap in the afternoon the morning nap will stop.

Each child will be provided with a safe comfortable sleeping space with separate bedding (washed weekly and as needed). Young children 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 unauthorized sleeping arrangement, you must obtain a written statement from a doctor.

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

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

Children who sleep in playpens will also wear a sleep sac.

 

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.