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Daytime rest and sleep policy

It is vital children get the sleep they need to function and grow their cognitive, physical, and emotional development. It is crucial for a child’s health and wellbeing that enough sleep is had and important that we encourage restful and quiet times at the nursery.

Between 12:15pm and 2:15pm is our set sleep time at the setting, however we know that babies may sometimes have their own routines, specific to them which we will follow with guidance from parents/carers.

Some parents/carers may not want their children to sleep and this will be discussed during the settles.

We will distract and discourage sleep if a parent/carer has requested for the child not to sleep, however we will not physically keep your child awake. Similarly, if the child does not want to sleep, we will not force them.

If they fall asleep, you will be phoned and asked how you would like us to proceed.

Daytime rest/sleep time guidance

Timings and room conditions:

Limits set by parents/carers will be adhered too. 45 minutes minimum.
Room properly ventilated and temperature monitored.
Toys and books tidied away to avoid stimulating the child/ren before their rest.
Sleep mats are to be kept apart and enough space in between for practitioners to be able to get to a child without disturbing others.
Lullaby’s will be played via a tablet to soothe the children to sleep.
If parents/careers request, we will accept white noise soothers if brought in from home.
We will allow ‘settling’ children to sleep in a buggy- strapped in, however will transition the child to a more appropriate sleeping space when settled into the nursery.

Safety of the child:

Children are NOT to be left unsupervised and 15-minute checks will be carried out, documented and initialled.

Clothing is to be removed if necessary, to ensure comfort and safety and prevent overheating in small babies who are unable to regulate their temperature.
Dummy clips and bibs must be removed when children are sleeping.
Comforters will be used if necessary.
Prop feeding babies bottles is NOT allowed. A bottle must only be left in the cot with a child if they can feed themselves independently. This will be supervised.
Ensure blankets and muslins are not covering faces.
Due to recent guidance on the safety of baby sleeping bags, these will no longer be accepted at the setting.

All babies and children are different and may like to be comforted in various ways to soothe them to sleep. Forms of comfort that are acceptable are listed below.

Patting a baby/child’s back or bottom
Rubbing a baby/child’s back
Rocking a child to sleep- hand on back
Holding and rocking a child to sleep
Stroking a baby/child’s face/ hair/ neck

Please see Appropriate Touching Policy

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome SIDS

The following guidance is from and the staff at the nursery follow this.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found after a detailed post-mortem.

Unsafe sleeping positions and environments are increased factors in possible SIDS so to prevent this we follow the following guidance.

Research has shown that overheating arising from high room temperature, excessive insulation (overwrapping) or both, is associated with an increased risk of SIDS.

A high proportion of infants who die as a result of SIDS are found with their head covered with bedding. Loose bedding which can cover a baby’s face or head can be dangerous and has been shown to increase the chance of

SIDS. Soft or bulky bedding, such as quilts, pillows, and duvets, is also associated with an increased risk of SIDS in the UK.

There is substantial evidence from all round the world to show that sleeping a baby on their back (known as the supine position) at the beginning of every sleep period significantly reduces the risk of SIDS. However, sleeping an infant prone (on its front) or side is associated with a significantly increased risk of SIDS. Studies have also shown that infants who usually sleep on their back but are then placed on the front or side to sleep are at a particularly high risk. It is therefore important that babies are put on their backs consistently as part of their regular sleep routine.

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