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Each of our tamariki are unique and come with their own sleeping routine.


To ensure kaiako follow individual sleeping routines of our tamariki in a relaxed and familiar environment.


  • Adequate space is provided between beds to ensure safety and hygiene.
  • All tamariki are provided with their own individual sleeping space and bed linen.
  • Sleep spaces are positive and peaceful to ensure undisturbed rest and follow tikanga protocols.
  • Kaiako are relaxed and unhurried in preparing the tamariki for sleep, and flexible to their individual routines.
  • The individual sleep routines of our infants will be followed. In the Toddlers & Kindy, structured sleep/rest times are provided.
  • Ratios are maintained while the tamariki are sleeping.
  • Parents/whānau are encouraged to bring anything special that may help their tamariki to settle for their sleep times.
  • Kaiako support parents/whānau as the tamariki develop new sleep patterns e.g phasing sleep out, limiting sleep times, etc.

Procedure for Monitoring Sleeping Tamariki

  • An assigned kaiako will ensure tamariki are checked for warmth, breathing (faces are clear of blankets), and general well-being every ten minutes and will sign the sleep chart to say they have checked the tamariki.
  • They record the times the tamariki went to sleep and woke up on the Sleep Chart.
  • At no time will tamariki have access to food or liquids while in bed in accordance with the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.
  • A Baby Monitor will be turned on throughout the day in both the Infants and Toddler sleep rooms.

Alignment with Other Policies

  • Communication & Consultation policy
  • Child Protection policy

Relevant Background

Licensing Criteria 2008, Health and Safety, Sleep documentation required:

  • HS9: (i) A procedure for monitoring sleep times. The procedure ensures that tamariki:

– Do not have access to food or liquids while in bed; and

– Are checked for warmth, breathing, and general well-being at least every 5-10 minutes, or more frequently according to individual needs.

(ii) A record of the time each tamariki left in the care of the service sleeps, and checks made by adults during that time.

  • HS10: Further sleep criteria includes adults having access to at least one side of the bed (cot, stretcher, mattress); the area surrounding each tamariki allows sufficient air movement to minimise the risk of spreading illness; and tamariki who are able to sit or stand can do so safely as they wake.
  • HS11: If not set up permanently beds (cots, stretchers, mattresses) and bedding is hygienically stored when not in use.

Impacts of Policy on Staff, Parents and Tamariki

Failure to follow this policy can result in:

  • Tamariki disturbing each other
  • Tamariki experience disturbed rest
  • Tamariki could become ill, injured or in danger when sleeping/resting
  • A parent not knowing what sleep their tamariki has had.

Alignment with the Philosophy of Midcity Childcare

This policy is aligned with our Centre’s philosophy.

Implications and/or Risks for Midcity Childcare

Unsafe practices undermine quality.


The Team Leaders & Manager are responsible for ensuring this policy is followed.


Review bi-annually or when there is a significant change in the area of the policy topic.
Authorised: Manager
Date: May 2022
Review Date: May 2024
Consultation Undertaken: Management/Kaiako/Parents & Whānau