I operate a small early childhood service. We have no children under the age of 2. On average we have 3-5 children a day who have a sleep. Our centre is an old converted single story residential house. Our sleep room is dark during the day as we pull down the blinds but not pitch black. It is somewhat open and easily viewable from the outside but if an educator is out of that room, the line of sight is often compromised. Currently we assign one educator to monitor the 3-5 sleeping children. They perform a visual check every 10 minutes and then spend the remaining time outside of the room performing other tasks, but always remaining indoors. As the building is small and open plan, they are always able to hear the sleeping children. With the recent changes to how the department of education view sleep and rest within early childhood services, we are now second guessing ourselves on our own procedures. In our situation, are we now expected to have an educator sit in the sleep room at all times when children are sleeping ?
Red Nose Education
Issues in relation to supervision of sleeping children are Regulatory. However, Red Nose recognises continuous supervision, in which an educator is in sight and hearing of a sleeping child at all times, represents best practice.
While there have been some changes in relation to sleep environment for those less than 2 years of age, I’m not sure that the sleep & rest guidelines have changed significantly in relation to supervision of sleeping children in most services…...except for the 12 monthly Risk Assessment requirement.
Please be guided by the info on ACECQA web site & their support documents when developing your Policy
Information sheet – QA2 Active supervision: Ensuring safety and promoting learning
Please also check with your Local Regulatory Authority (State Ed Dept) for ongoing guidance.