Nap Time in Daycare

by admin on August 13, 2009

Children need to have their nap time for them to rest and develop. As a daycare owner, you can schedule a nap time for the children in your care. The nap time can start at 12 noon everyday. Since the children get exhausted from the activities that you do in the morning like playing and the like, they need enough rest to gain more energy.

Babies sleep in cots during nap time while the older kids sleep on their sleeping bag or mat. If other children don’t want to rest and sleep, you can prevent them from disturbing the other children while letting them read a book or draw. Nap time is also an appropriate time for the caregivers to have their rest. Just make sure that they still keep an eye for the children while they rest.

It would be quite hard for a child to follow the schedule that you made for naptime so you have to help or supervise them. You can use a blanket, a pillow or a cuddly stuffed toy to put him to sleep. You can also rub his back and speak softly and leave him for approximately five minutes. Return to the child and rub his back again until he settles to sleep. Normally, it would take a child two weeks to get used to this routine. It would also help if you put up movable dividers where the children sleep in between to minimize disturbance. Check the kids every after a few minutes to make sure that they are soundly asleep.

Naptime is also a peaceful and quiet time for the provider and it would be a nice time to eat your lunch and rest. In addition, you can also attend to your other tasks which you cannot do while the kids are around.

Benefits of Having a Playground in your Daycare Center

One of the best ways to keep the children under your care entertained is by letting them play in the playground. Most, if not all, children brighten up when they see a colourful slide or a shiny swing. Playgrounds not only lighten your load in planning an activity for the children but they also keep the atmosphere fun-filled and enjoyable. In addition to these, having a playground will only cost you a one time expense on the purchase except for maintenance which is only seldom.

Aside from the benefits stated above, there are also other advantages in having a playground. First is that playing promotes and develops the child’s physical fitness. The slides, swings, jungle gyms and tire swings involve aerobic exercise and help the children build their muscles. Playing keeps the children healthy and prevent them from having obesity problems. Letting the child play in the playground is far better than letting him play all alone because the calories are being burned when they play with other children. This will lessen their susceptibility to diabetes II and obesity while having a lot of fun at play!

The children also develop their social skills when they play. They get to share the different play equipments and interact with other children. It also allows the children to learn how to collaborate with other children and combine the toys that they have with each other. The interactions help them realize their role in a community at an early age.

New friendships can also be brought by playgrounds. Since all the children join together to play, they are able to experience how to interact with other people and be comfortable in staying in large groups. This will help them build friendship and expand their social circle. They are also able to decrease their shyness when they are exposed to a lot of people. And lastly, the hyperactive children can have a means to be tired and lighten up the care providers and parents.

Playgrounds also serve as excess energy outlets for children. Jumping, running, swinging, sliding and playing allows the children to use their store energy in a good way. After recess, they will be able to respond, cooperate be more patient and calm all throughout the day.

See: How to start a daycare center

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