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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Thanks ladies ...with your responses that its normal practice I will be more tame in talking with the staff about it.

    Hubby and I were wondering why daycares have toddlers sleep on mats. Hubby thinks its because they are trying to save money on cot rooms/cots. What do you think?
    It's a safety thing, the older kids are often on camp beds, I think there's also a comfort/transition thing.

    I don't see the issue at all, but I happily snooze on mats on the ground.

    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Good point about tt.

    Not sure I agree with a central nap time for a room with bubs aged 6 weeks-2 years though.
    I think that's a very broad gap in terms of development levels. I think the usual is 6 weeks - 15 months, then 15 months - 2-2.5 years. Is it a very small centre?

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    The kids have nap time on mats from around 15 months. So from toddler room up.

    Ds2 is in the kindy room now and when it's nap time they all get their mat, put their sheet on and lay down. The room is darkened and if a child doesn't want to have a sleep they're allowed to read a book or play with a toy quietly, on their mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Good point about tt.

    Not sure I agree with a central nap time for a room with bubs aged 6 weeks-2 years though.
    Its not a central nap time in the nursery. Babies sleep according to their schedules. Toddler room is from 14/15mths till 2yo and that has a midday nap. Dd2 has just moved up a midday sleep cos its easier for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Good point about tt.

    Not sure I agree with a central nap time for a room with bubs aged 6 weeks-2 years though.
    I agree VP and it sounds as though our daycare centre are set up similar. Our 'nursery' room is also from 6wks to 2yrs. DS is at the older end too at 21mths.

    They also don't have a separate sleep room - the cots are set up at one end of the room, the mats come out at lunch time. It's not a small centre either.

    ETA - I ended up changing DS's schedule at home to match daycare. It didn't suit us at the time and he struggled with only 1 sleep a day for awhile, but is now fine.
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    My children's daycare only has 2 rooms. It's a small centre. One room is 0-2/3 and the other is 3-6. It's a small community centre run by council.

    My son is almost 3, and he is in the baby room. He sleeps no worries at those times. If he sleeps later than 2, he will be awake until 8:30/9 which is way too late for him as he's usually in bed at 6:30.

    I think kids are pretty adaptable. The cots are all in a separate room so the children who need them use them whenever they need.

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    16mths and ds was fine, he saw the other kids doing it and went with it. He has always slept well at daycare, he knows when his sleep time is and that's that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG242 View Post
    I have read through some of the comments (not all) and as an early childhood educator who works in the nursery, I just wanted to also add that it is a OH & S issue for staff at centres to move children from cots to beds/mats. If your child is big enough to walk then they are usually too heavy to lift into a cot. Most centres would never put a child who isn't walking or isn't ready to co-sleep on a bed unless absolutely necessary. One very important reason I always take into account before transitioning a child from cot to bed is if the family have visited Tresillian for sleep issues in the past I hope I've shed some light on the subject from 'the other side'
    I never thought of the OH&S aspect, excellent point. I told hubby and he goes "oh... Yeah" !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia View Post
    Its not a central nap time in the nursery. Babies sleep according to their schedules. Toddler room is from 14/15mths till 2yo and that has a midday nap. Dd2 has just moved up a midday sleep cos its easier for us.

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    Ahhh... We are in a smallish centre and the first room is 6 weeks to 18 months but there aren't any vacancies in the next room up so in reality some tots stay in there up until 2ish.

    I just re-read your first post and sort of agree in principle to changing home routine to match daycare. But not in my boys case. He is older and if I put him to bed at home at a later time I get 3 hours out of him. Daycare puts him down earlier and are lucky if they get 1.
    - I sort of feel for the daycare staff though trying to fit different babies/toddlers needs into the day. I don't expect them to follow the home routines to the tee, they have a lot of children to accommodate.

    Thanks for the input, it's making me think about things.


 

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