Safe Sleep and Rest Time Policy


  1. Policy Statement
  2. Strategies for Implementation
  3. Legislation and Considerations
  4. Sources and Related Policies


All children have individual sleep and rest requirements. Children need a comfortable relaxing environment to enable their bodies to rest. This environment must be safe and well supervised to ensure children are safe, healthy and secure in their environment.

Our service will ensure that all children have appropriate opportunities to sleep, rest and relax in accordance with their individual needs. We provide beds that comply with Australian Standards.


The Nominated Supervisor will:

  • “Take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs for sleep and rest of children being educated and cared for by the service are met, having regard to the ages,development stages and individual needs of the children.” (Regulation 81.)
  • Ensure there are an adequate number of beds available to children that meet Australian Standards.
  • Ensure that areas for sleep and rest are well ventilated and have natural lighting.
  • Ensure that supervision windows will be kept clear to ensure safe supervision of sleeping children.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge regarding safe sleeping practice and communicate this information to educators and families.

Educators will:

  • Implement the Centre’s daily routine for sleep and rest for each child which includes one sleep or rest after lunch for children in each of the rooms. The Wombats and Kookaburras will have a sleep or rest every day throughout the year.  Children in the Kangaroos room will be kept up through the day. This will help them prepare for the transition to school.
  • Consult with families about children’s sleep and rest needs. Educators will be sensitive to each child’s needs so that sleep and rest times are a positive experience.
  • Ensure that beds/mattresses are clean and in good repair. Beds and mattresses will be wiped over with a neutral detergent between each use.
  • Ensure that bed linen is clean and in good repair. Bed linen is for use by an individual child and will be washed before use by another child.
  • Arrange children’s beds and cots to allow easy access for children and staff.
  • Create a relaxing atmosphere for resting children by playing relaxation music, reading stories, cultural reflection, turning off lights and ensuring children are comfortably clothed. The environment should be tranquil and calm for both educators and children. Educators will sit near resting children and support them by encouraging them to relax and listen to music or stories.
  • Provide a quiet, tranquil environment, children will choose to sleep if their body needs it.
  • Encourage children to rest their bodies and minds for 20-30 minutes. If children are awake after this time, they will be provided quiet activities for the duration of rest time.
  • Maintain adequate supervision and maintain educator ratios throughout the rest period.
  • Assess each child’s circumstances and current health to determine whether higher supervision levels and checks may be required.
  • Communicate with families about their child’s sleeping or rest times and the service policy regarding sleep and rest times.
  • Respect family preferences regarding sleep and rest and consider these daily while ensuring children feel safe and secure in the environment. Conversations with families may be necessary to remind families that children will neither be forced to sleep nor prevented from sleeping. Sleep and rest patterns will be recorded daily for families.
  • Encourage children to dress appropriately for the room temperature when resting or sleeping.
  • Lighter clothing is preferable, with children encouraged to remove shoes, jumpers, jackets and bulky clothing. The room temperature will be considered to ensure maximum comfort for the children.


  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 – 81,103, 105, 110, 115
  • National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care 2011 – 2.1.2, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.1
  • Guidelines for SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping in Childcare Facilities
  • Australian Consumer Law 2011 – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • The NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011 & the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011


  • Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd (NSW) –
  • Standards Australia –
  • Providing a Child Safe Environment Policy
  • Communication Policy
  • Interactions with Children Policy
  • Management of Accident, Illness and Health Policy

Policy adopted: 13 October 2014
For review: October 2016

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