The Sleep Safety Policy is to ensure that all our children are supervised during their sleep time. This policy and procedure will be available on our website for parents to view prior to registering with The Family Place. During the enrollment process, the Supervisor will review with the parent(s), the child’s sleeping arrangements and then throughout their child care at The Family Place. We will make the necessary changes within the guidelines of the Ministry of Education.
Each child will be assigned to an individual crib or cot from 3 months to 5 years of age. The child’s name is posted on the crib or cot. There is a bed plan in each classroom.
A staff member stays in the sleep room at all times with our children. The Family Place does not use electronic sleeping devices as a means to supervise sleeping children.
Upon registration, Centre Supervisors will discuss with the parents their child’s sleep preferences, required accommodations and any precautions. This will also be done prior to transition to other classrooms and if they transfer to the other centre.
Children under 12 months of age A child who is younger than 12 months in the care of The Family Place is placed for sleep in a manner consistent with the recommendations set out in the “Joint Statement on Safe Sleep: Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths in Canada” (by the Public Health Agency of Canada) or unless a child’s physician recommends otherwise in writing.
Prone and lateral sleeping positions are linked to increased rates of SIDS, even for infants who regurgitate. Infants who normally sleep on their backs and are then placed to sleep on their stomachs are at a particularly high risk. This reinforces the importance to consistently place infants on their backs to sleep at home, in child care settings, and when travelling. Sleep positioners or any other infant sleep positioning devices should not be used as they pose a risk of suffocation. Once infants are able to roll from their backs to their stomachs or sides, it is not necessary to reposition them onto their backs. Other than a firm mattress and fitted sheet, there should not be any extra items such as pillows, duvets, blankets and bumper pads in the crib.
Infants are safest when placed to sleep in fitted one-piece sleepwear that is comfortable at room temperature to reduce the risk of overheating and minimize the use of blankets. If a blanket is used, only a thin blanket of breathable fabric is used.
Strollers, swings bouncers and car seats are not to be used for infant sleep. An infant’s head, when sleeping in a seated position, can fall forward and cause their airway to become constricted. Once an infant falls asleep, the child should be moved to their crib as soon as possible or moved to a supine sleeping position as soon as the destination is reached.
Children 3 months to 18 months of age Each child has their own sleep log, which outlines in 15 minute intervals, the date, time and the child’s body position, the child’s natural body temperature and the child’s breathing. The staff fill out the log every 15 minutes, adding comments if necessary.
A staff member performs a direct visual check using a flashlight (as needed) for each sleeping child at 15-minute intervals, beginning once the child has fallen asleep. The staff are physically present in the sleep room, while the child is sleeping and looking for indicators of distress or unusual behaviours. Staff bend down to ensure the child’s body position is correct, they feel their cheek or forehead for their body temperature and they listen to the child’s breathing. This is noted on the child’s Sleep Log every 15 minutes
If staff observe any significant changes in the child’s sleeping patterns or behaviours during sleep, the staff will follow emergency procedures depending on the severity of the issue. The parents will be called immediately and this will be noted in the child’s sleep log. The Supervisor, staff and parents will discuss adjustments necessary to the manner in which the child is supervised during sleep. Parents will be asked to notify their child’s physician of the different sleeping patterns or behaviours during sleep. We will ask for the physician’s recommendations, depending on the severity of the issue. This will be noted in the child’s sleep log and file.
Children over 18 months to 5 years of age All staff will perform a direct visual check, using a flashlight (if needed) on all sleeping children by being physically present and checking for indicators of distress or unusual behaviours. Staff will physically check each child every 30 minutes by walking over to the child and looking for their natural fall and rise of their chest or their back, and they will listen for their breathing. If staff observe any significant changes in the child’s sleeping patterns or behaviours during sleep, the staff will follow emergency procedures depending on the severity of the issue. The parents will be called immediately and this will be noted on the child’s Incident Sheet. The parents, Supervisor and staff will discuss the best method to support the child through sleep time, making necessary changes if needed.
The Toddler and Preschool classrooms have their own Sleep Logs. These Sleep Logs depict the date, time of check, check for rise and fall of chest or back, listening for breathing and staff signature within 30-minute intervals. The staff will fill out the checklist daily. The Sleep Log will be available in the classroom for parents to review.
For your child’s safety, we ask that all gates and doors be opened and closed by an adult. Please encourage your children to let “mommies daddies or teachers” to open them. This is for their own safety. This becomes a habit and helps create a safe environment.
The Family Place is a family, supporting each other, making it a wonderful and positive environment for children, families, and staff. Please come join us at The Family Place. We look forward to having your family as part of our family. You can find all of our policies on our website. The Family Place - 905 878-0121