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Hi, Early Childhood Education and Care and I'm interested in receiving guidance regarding the utilisation of Stowaway cots, which are foldable wooden cots compliant with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2195. Our intention is to use these cots as an alternative to portable cots. Due to limited spacing within our cot rooms If children aged 12 months and older require a sleeping and resting space, we plan to utilise the Stowaway cots as needed, before eventually transitioning them to stretcher beds.

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Posted a response on 19/9/23

Red Nose Education

Red Nose recommends to only use a cot that meets Mandatory Australian Standards.

Check also the guidelines at Product Safety Australia (ACCC)

Stowaway cots come under Portable or Folding cots if they meet the AS/NZS 2195 standard.
Ensure there are no limitations for use like weight of child before using.
Ensure the mattress is correct for this cot - firm, clean, well-fitting & flat (not elevated)
Also, check that any folding or locking mechanisms are in good working order & that the cots are not too small for each child.

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