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Hi there, I work in childcare and just asking the safe distance between cots? I've always thought as long as another child can't reach the cot next to it, but is there a stated distance? Thanks

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Posted a response on 3/9/19

Red Nose Australia

Dear Kathleen,

Thank you for contacting Red Nose with your question

Red Nose has no minimum measurement of spacing required between cots however, we would encourage you to consider the following:
1) Does the spacing allow for an educator to actively supervise and check on each individual child? Keeping in mind the educator is required to check breathing and requires direct access to a child’s face.
2) Does the spacing of the cots allow for another child to have an opportunity to place their arm through the bars or their toys and potentially create a risk of suffocation or injury to another child?
3) Does the spacing between the cots allow for adequate cleaning to ensure that each cot is well maintained, clean and with a firm, flat mattress?
4) Does the spacing between cots allow for adequate ventilation?

For further information Red Nose would recommend you contact your local regulatory authority and review the fact sheet for safe sleeping on ACECQA’S website: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/resources/supporting-materials/infosheet/safe-sleep-and-rest-practices

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