When observing young children at play it is sometimes hard to imagine that they ever slow down. Spend early afternoon in one of YMCA Calgary’s three licensed childcare centres and you will see that this just isn’t the case.
Most young children nap, and experts would agree that this is necessary for their development. Newborns require 16-20 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period while school age children require 10-11 hours per day.
An early afternoon nap is the norm for most young children in our Eau Claire, Saddletowne and Shawnessy YMCA Child Development Centres. To support quality sleep, caregivers set up individual cots for each child along with a cozy blanket. Lights are dimmed, blinds are drawn, soft music plays and the centre settles down into a hushed existence.
Some children fall asleep almost instantly while others squirm and fidget for a bit as they transition from activity to rest. Caregivers continue to monitor children throughout nap time and can often be seen rubbing a child’s back if they are having difficulty settling.
As children wake up they are refreshed and ready for the fun and learning to continue.
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