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