Daycare Nap Requirements


Daycare Nap Requirements

As  the  children are at  the Nursery School between the  hours 8.30 A.M.  and 4.00  P.M.  the  school  is  responsible
only for part  of their  sleep habits,  that  is,  the daytime restand nap.

However,  certain principles  that make for  good sleep  habits are applied in the nap period of this nursery school, and
a description of it will illustrate how  these principles may be worked  out  in practice.

In the  group there are 25  children enrolled,  which usually means  an attendance  of about 16  children,  although  often there are more  and  often  less.       The  ages  of  the  children are 2 and 3 years.

In this  school there  is  a rest room in which there  are 25 cots,  a  few  pictures  on the wall,  and that  is  all. The windows have  no  shades  that  can be drawn to  darken the  room.      Each  child has  his  own  little  bed which is  marked with his  name  on a  tag.

When the  children first arrive  at school their day begins with a free  play period,  which  is  outdoors  if the weather permits
and  indoors  in a  large  playroom if  the weather  is  unfavorable. The  play period  is  followed by twenty minutes  of music  in the form  of rhythms,  games  and singing.

This  gives  the  children further  chance  of activity that  is  fun for  them,  besides  an opportunity to  experience various responses  to music.

At 10.05 every morning  it  is  time  for  all  the  children to go and rest  on their  cots  in the  sleep room for 20 minutes.

This  is  a routine measure,  and the  children all go and lie down on their beds willingly for  quiet and rest from their activities  of the early morning.

After the mid-morning rest,  the children sit down at little  tables  in the  playroom for orange  juice and a  cracker, and then there  is  another free play period,  outdoors  if the weather  is  favorable.

By    12.00  o’clock the  children are  all washed and ready for their noon meal, which is  a well-balanced nourishing dinner  planned by a dietician. It  may be  that  there is  time  for a  short story for those who finished their dinner first.

Then regularly every day about 12.40 all  the  children take  off  their  shoes,  tip-toe  into the rest room and get under a blanket  on their  own beds. At  one  o’clock the  teacher says  it  is time  for  quiet.

This  is  understood by the  children to mean that it  is  sleep time  and the  nap begins.  The  children understand what  the  teacher means when she  says  it  is nap time, because nap time  happens  the  same way every day at Nursery School,  just  like play time  and dinner time.


At  one  o’clock the  room becomes  quiet and the  children  start  to  go  to  sleep. These  children all  sleep for  a  large  part  of  the   2  hours  of  quiet  in the rest room.

The 2  year  old children tend to  sleep almost  the entire   2  hours,  and the  three  year  old children an hour and a  half  or  less. No child sleeps  less  than an hour as  a rule. There  are no screens  between the beds,  and no drawn shades at  the windows.

This  is  a situation which is  controlled by no props  of  any  sort,  only by a  teacher who has  calmly and firmly taught  the  children from the  very first  of their nursery school experience  that  this  is  the  time  for their nap,  and by the fact that  the nap  period  is  absolutely regular  in time and conditions.

The  teacher  is  very  calm and quiet as  she  helps  the  children to prepare for their nap,  seeing that their shoes  are taken off soon after dinner  is  over,  that they enter the  sleep room rather quietly,  and helping them to get  into their blanket bags.

Her  attitude  is  one  of expecting each child to be  quiet and to go to  sleep,  when she  says  that  it  is  one  o’clock and nap time. The  sleeping conditions  are favorable,  the nap  is  at a  regular fixed time  every day,  and care  is  taken to prevent any physical  causes  of  sleeping difficulties  such as  over fatigue, under-exercise  or digestive disturbances.

Also the nursery school teacher tries  to see  that  the  free  play periods  give  each child his  normal  emotional  outlets  during the  day,  so that there will be  no psychological  causes  for  poor sleep habits.

The  free  play periods  together with the  physical routine and program in the Nursery School tend to give the  child a  certain amount  of security and stability that  is  essential  if the  child is  to have good sleep.

It  is  the working together  of these  various  factors  and  characteristics  of the  nursery school  that make  it  possible  for
the  child to  have  good sleep habits.

However,  in the nursery school,  there are  children who have  difficulty in sleeping regularly.

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Daycare Nap Requirements  Article Source : This article courtesy should goes to ” Sleep problems of the preschool child ” book submitted by Adelaide Romine Holcombe.


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