Sleeping, Napping and Quiet Time

Day to Day Routines

If you consider all the different sleep cultures from around the world in regard to how a child is accompanied to sleep, not only from culture to culture but from family to family, you will find significant differences (Owens, 2011). There is a question of how far a kindergarten can respond to the individual sleeping habits and needs of each child. Parental wishes, observations of specialists, age mixture within the group, and opinions of educators are not always in harmony.

Every child has a different need for sleep and for falling asleep, for instance; some children sleep outside in a pushchair, others in bed with a favourite toy or blanket or to a story being read. Considering that every child is different, your child’s kindergarten will likely determine a mid-day rest period that takes into consideration the children’s and their family’s needs

The kindergarten and parents should consider together how much sleep is necessary for the child and what kind of sleep aids, like music and toys, be provided. it is important that you and your child’s educators work together to reach an agreement on the question of rest or sleep periods for your child.

Sleep in the kindergarten may initially influence sleep at home resulting in longer or shorter sleep times depending on the pattern changes. This may also influence bed time hours at home which can initially be difficult to accommodate.

• Consider bringing a comfort toy from home
• Discuss the sleep time in your home language
• Look into the nap time environment, what the children are sleeping on and what the staff do to aid sleep
• Ask questions about the age which children will stop sleeping and what kind of relaxation time children will have