Statement on safe sleep practices in childcare settings

Red Nose is saddened by the death of Arianna Maragol who died while in childcare in Sydney two years ago. Our thoughts go out to all of those affected, especially Arianna’s parents and family, and the staff from her childcare centre.

While Red Nose understands that investigations into Arianna’s death are ongoing, we recommend that child care educators are trained in safe sleep practices. Our safe sleep recommendations form the basis of the national standards adopted by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Children should always be in sight and hearing distance of a qualified childcare staff member so they can check on their breathing and colour of their skin – and intervene if something goes wrong.

Monitoring of sleeping children is best done physically at the bedside, rather than through a monitor or viewing window.

In young children the signs of a problem can be very subtle so carers need to physically check the child. This is so the carer can listen to the child’s breathing and really see the colour of the child’s skin.

For more information on how to assess your childcare centre’s sleeping practices, please see our advice on choosing a childcare centre.