Sleep Supervision Policy
We B Kidz understands that effective sleep and rest routines are essential in ensuring the development, growth, social and emotional well-being of each child in our care. Our sleep and rest practices are based upon the research, findings and recommendations of the Joint Statement on Safe Sleep: Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths in Canada. We will ensure that all children have appropriate opportunities to sleep rest and relax in accordance with their individual needs. In order to provide the most comfortable and safest sleep routine for children, We B Kidz has added the sleep section in the enrollment package. Parents indicate in the Enrollment Package how children are to be placed on their cot (ie. back, stomach, or side) and what they are to use during nap which are provided by parents (ie. blanket, stuffed toy, pillow, or soother). and if the nap is to be reduced or no nap required. Parents will be consulted respecting a child’s sleeping arrangements at the time of enrollment, upon transition to another classroom or upon a parent’s request.
- All children in Toddler and Preschool rooms will be placed in individual cots for sleep in accordance with any written instructions from the child’s parent.
- Each child in care will have a cot labelled with their name with a cot sheet. This label is to be applied to the actual cots in a manner that allows staff and parents to be made aware of whom each crib belongs to. No child is to be put on a cot without a clean bedsheet.
- Sleep time will not exceed two (2) hours in our Toddler, Preschool rooms.
- We B Kidz cares about the individual needs of children; Therefore, sleeping is not mandatory at our center. Children who do not sleep will be given a quiet activity.
- Teachers must supervise children during naptime and provide visual and physical sleep checks. Teachers must document in the Himama app that they have checked all individuals at least every 30 minutes. Sleeping children will be checked for:
- Staff are obligated to communicate any significant changes to the child’s sleep pattern or sleep behaviour such as night terrors or a substantial change in the amount of sleep. This communication allows us to ensure that parents are always aware of changes that are occurring with their child. These changes to sleep pattern or sleep behaviour will be communicated through the child’s written daily report or verbally upon pick up or drop off.
- All children’s sleep times are recorded so that parents can check this the end of the day.
- Teachers should always see the child’s face while sleeping; blankets and toys must never cover a child’s face.
- Lighting in the room must allow for visual monitoring. Teachers must be able to see children clearly.
- Teachers can use white noise or relaxing music to help children during naptime, be mindful that the music should not be too loud.
- Children’s cots should be arranged in a head to foot formation with the crib/cot 46 cm (18 in.) apart with an aisle of at least 92 cm (36 in wide) to ensure children and staff can safely evacuate in case of an emergency
Staff, students and volunteers will review the Sleep Supervision Policy before the start of their employment/placement/volunteer position and annually thereafter to ensure that they understand the material.