Safe Sleeping Policy


A ‘safe sleep’ policy is in place at this service, which facilitates each child’s individual need for sleep/rest. While parents are consulted on their child’s sleep routines, we ask you to remember that we are responsible for each child in our care and will always follow recommended safe practice.

A safe sleep policy:

  • Gives clear guidance to new or trainee staff; emergency cover staff or those on work experience as well as to parents
  • Acts as a reminder & helps maintain consistency by the regular staff members
  • Helps to inform and reassure parents that this pre-school service will only implement what is in best practice guidelines.

All staff and emergency assistants receive induction on sleep policy. This includes:

  • precautions to be taken against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • a step-by-step guide to resuscitation of a child who is not breathing
  • guidelines on what to do in the event of a cot death.

Parents are also encouraged to be involved in meeting the individual needs of their child.

Children under 3.5 years should access to sleep mats/stacking beds/suitable alternatives. A staff member is always present to swatch the sleeping children.

As the following are not recommended, we do not use:

  • travel cots/portable cribs (which are intended for occasional use only and the mesh sides are difficult to adequately launder)
  • pillow, cushion, beanbag or waterbeds
  • sofa or settee – young toddlers can roll, fall off and sustain an injury
  • rocking cradles – a tilt of more than 5 degrees can create a potential trapping hazard
  • car seats/buggies/bouncinettes – restraining harnesses can slip and cause hanging
  • duvets or quilts – risk of over-heating

Safe Sleep Practice & Procedures

  • Babies always put to sleep on back
  • Bedclothes tucked in securely
  • Babies clothes are loose and light
  • 1 child per mattress
  • Bibs, bottles or toys removed
  • No quilts, pillows
  • Baby’s head never covered
  • Electronic monitor used
  • Visual sleep checks recorded in a sleep log every 10-15 minutes. This records the time, the baby’s position and who checked.
  • Ventilation – natural/mechanical ventilation achieves 3 air changes per hour
  • Lighting – lampshades are inverted/lights are fitted with shatterproof diffusers; blinds/curtains control incoming light
  • Space – At least 1.4m² is allowed per mattress, allowing adults unhindered access to each sleeping child.
  • Linen is not shared – parents provide their children’s sleeping linen which is laundered weekly or when soiled.
  • Linen changes should be documented.
  • Sofas, beanbags, buggies are not suitable for children to sleep in.