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Nap and Rest Policy

Naptime is a scheduled part of the daily schedule for toddlers and preschoolers and is required by DHS licensing guidelines for child care centers. All preschoolers and toddlers are required to lie on a cot to rest or sleep for at least thirty minutes.

The environment is darkened, and restful music is played. Staff will not awake children before they are ready to wake up on their own. Staff will raise the blinds and turn on the lights mid-afternoon. Infants are each provided with a crib and sleep according to their individual schedules.

Nap Procedures

  • All children must rest for at least 30 minutes. A child who has napped or rested 30 minutes will NOT be required to remain on the cot. Quiet activities are set up at tables until other children get up.
  • Placement of equipment: In the infant and toddler rooms the cots are spread out throughout the room while keeping clear aisles for safety.  Unimpeded access for both adults and children is maintained on at least one side of the cot.  Cribs are arranged within the sleeping room to also maintain clear aisles for safety and access to all infants.
  • All cots are placed directly on the floor and must not be stacked when in use.
  • Separate bedding for each child is provided for each child in care. Bedding is washed weekly and when soiled or wet. Blankets must be washed or dry cleaned weekly and when soiled or wet.
  • The toddler and preschool room has individual cots which are disinfected after each use.
  • Staff sit or lie next to children, rub their backs and comfort them to help them fall asleep.
  • When children are up, staff attend to cots as directed by their lead teacher.
  • A crib or portable crib is provided for each infant for whom the center is licensed to provide care. The equipment is of safe and sturdy construction that conforms to the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Infants are placed on their backs on a firm surface.
  • Pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed toys, and other soft items are not allowed in cribs.
  • The baby’s bib should be removed before placing the baby in the crib.
  • If a blanket is used, the infant is placed at the foot of the crib with a thin blanket tucked around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the infant’s chest.
  • The infant’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
  • The side rail is fastened in the “up” position after placing the baby in the crib.

After being placed down for sleep on their backs, infants may then be allowed to assume any comfortable sleep position when they can easily turn themselves from the back position. Unless documentation from the infant's parent directing an alternative sleeping position for the infant exists.


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