At Nestle In Childcare Centre Goonellabah we are proud to offer modern and well-equipped facilities that cater to every families’ needs. An important aspect of your child’s care is their comfort and security; this also applies to their rest times.
The legislated regulatory standards for sleep, rest and relaxation in early childhood education and care have recently changed. The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care now requires that each long day care, family day care, and preschool service has policies and procedures in place for sleep, rest and relaxation. These policies must document how your child’s centre will provide for each child’s comfort and wellbeing, and how they will align with children’s individual needs.
The changes to the Framework for Early Childhood Education reflects that sleep-rest practices in early childhood education settings are often an area of concern. The majority of services approach child’s rest through a standard period in the middle of the day when children are required to lie down, whether or not they are tired or able to sleep. These practices fail to consider children’s individual needs or those children who are tired outside the scheduled sleep/rest time. There are always children who cannot sleep either because the timing of the sleep period is wrong for their body clocks or because they have simply grown out of naps.
Sleep routines are an important factor for parents who seek to maintain their child’s sleep patterns. Therefore, responsiveness to children’s developmental and emotional needs are at the heart of quality at Nestle In Goonellabah Preschool and Early Learning Centre. Studies have shown that responsive sleep-rest practices are a barometer of quality. Centres and services that have the most flexible sleep-rest practices are those observed to have the highest-quality practices at other times of day and Nestle In are proud to offer this to the children in our care.
At Nestle In Goonellabah Preschool and Early Learning Centre, we also provide separate sleep rooms for our various age groups. For example; the Tadpoles room (0-2) is a breathable and spacious room with full viewing facilities, monitors and air conditioning. The separate sleep rooms ensure that children, at different developmental stages, are not disturbed by the other children’s sleeping patterns. Our recently renovated kitchen with a qualified chef serving nutritious meals and using mostly locally sourced produce that guarantees your child’s nutritional needs are met. These factors are important to ensure that your child is not only well nourished but also has a peaceful rest.
Our flexible practices occur as we see sleep, rest and relaxation as integral to children’s care and education. This is achievable to Nestle In as we have adequate staffing across the day, to ensure we can attend to every child’s individual needs.