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Implementing a High Quality Naptime Routine

by Lana Button
July/August 2008
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Your center might offer a top notch learning program, but what kind of quality do you provide when the lights go out? Naptime is designed to allow children to physically rest and emotionally unwind. It's a time of day where the 'care' in child care really comes into play. But the reality is that naptime in a child care center is often a part of the daily schedule that children and staff both dread. Here are some tips for planning and implementing a high quality nap routine that is sure to make everyone rest a little easier.

Hush Little Baby Don't Say a Word: Setting a peaceful naptime mood

Always give the children a 'heads up' when naptime is approaching. Keep your pre-nap routine consistent and your class will start mentally preparing for a rest before they even hit their cot (i.e., children may wipe their hands or visit the bathroom before finding their cots).
Keep children's cots in the same basic location each day. Once you find a spot where a child is most likely to get a good rest, use that spot consistently. Having to adjust to a new spot or a new 'nap neighbor' can make it difficult for ...

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