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Research reviews

The following research assists ECEC services in achieving responsive sleep, rest and relaxation practices. It provides an overview of recent research undertaken in the Australian context on the perspectives of children, parents and educators.

Achieving responsive sleep, rest and relaxation practices in ECEC
Information for services, educators and authorised officers (PDF, 445KB) | (RTF, 67KB)

Stakeholder perspectives on sleep, rest and relaxation in ECEC
Information for services, educators and authorised officers (PDF, 433KB) | (RTF, 79KB)

Babies and toddlers (age birth-3)

Sleep health and sleep development in ECEC
Information for educators and ECEC services (PDF, 473KB) | (RTF, 98KB).

Meeting children's sleep, rest, and relaxation needs
Information for educators and ECEC services (PDF, 446KB) | (RTF, 88KB).

Building genuine partnerships
Information for educators and ECEC services (PDF, 488KB) | (RTF, 94KB).

​Sleep, rest, and relaxation and the National Quality Standard
Information for educators and ECEC services (PDF, 477KB) | (RTF, 80KB).

Video Podcasts - Sleep, rest, and relaxation
Developed to assist early childhood educators, service providers and authorised officers to reflect on quality sleep, rest, and relaxation practices for children aged birth to 3 years in ECEC and includes practical ideas when developing a Quality Improvement Plan.

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Positive sleep, rest, and relaxation practice examples

Resources for educators and services

Resources to help educators and ECEC servic​​es negotiate conflict that can sometimes arise when communicating with parents about children's sleep safety, need, scheduling and stability.

Negotiating conflict practice example 1 – safety (PDF, 544KB) | (RTF, 48KB)

Negotiating conflict practice example 2 – sleep need (PDF, 519KB) | (RTF, 42KB)

Negotiating conflict practice example 3 – scheduling (PDF, 522KB) | (RTF, 43KB)

Negotiating conflict practice example ​4 – stability (PDF, 521KB) | (RT​F, 42KB)

​​Children (age 3-5)

Sleep health and sleep development in ECEC
Information for services, educators, and authorised officers.

Just like other areas of children's development, sleep follows a normal developmental pattern across the early childhood period. Read more about sleep health and development in children aged 3-5 (PDF, 473KB) | (RTF, 98KB).

Meeting children's sleep, rest, and relaxation needs in ECEC
Information for educators and ECEC services.

To support the development of healthy life-time sleep practices, educators need to work with children and families to meet each child's need for sleep, rest, and relaxation.

Find out the practice principles for developing and reflecting on sleep, rest, and relaxation practices in services (PDF, 446KB) | (RTF, 121KB).

Sleep, rest, and relaxation and the National Quality Standard
Information for authorised officers.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation are integral to the curriculum.

Appropriate provision requires ongoing planning and reflection to support high-quality practice and achieve balance between the rights of children and families and the capacities of educators and services.

Read key questions to consider and reflect on when assessing and identifying appropriate and optimal sleep, rest, and relaxation under the National Quality Standard, focusing on children aged 3-5 (PDF, 465KB) | (RTF, 77KB).

A professional conversation framework on quality sleep practices in ECEC
Information for educators and services.

Professional learning activities that enable educators to talk about their practice and support collaborative and critical reflection are more likely to lead to enhanced practice.

Read how to critically reflect on service policies and practices on children's sleep, rest, and relaxation; look at how well these meet the intent of the NQS and identify opportunities for quality improvement in this area (PDF, 491KB) |(RTF, 80KB).

Positive sleep, rest, and relaxation practice examples
Resources for services, educators, and authorised officers.

There is a range of approaches to sleep, rest, and relaxation that respond to individual child and family needs and preferences, and take into account different service needs and contexts.

The following positive practice examples from long day care, kindergarten and family day care services show how different services are working to meet the diverse sleep, rest, and relaxation needs of children aged 3-5.

The examples are provided as a tool to support on-going reflection, and to provide a stimulus for educators, service providers and authorised officers to consider when approaches that may be taken to meet children's sleep, rest, and relaxation needs.

Positive practice example 1 - long day care (PDF, 257KB) | (RTF, 38KB)

Positive practice example 2 - kindergarten (PDF, 230KB) | (RTF, 39KB)

Positive practice example 3 - family day care (PDF, 257KB) | (RTF, 38KB)

Reflective practice case studies
Resources for authorised officers.

The following case examples are drawn from observations of current approaches to managing sleep, rest, and relaxation in ECEC settings for children aged 3-5 across ECEC services in Queensland.

The examples are intended to be used as a tool to support reflection on how different approaches to sleep, rest, and relaxation align with current research and the NQS.

They include a series of questions to assist authorised officers in reflecting on sleep, rest, and relaxation practices for children aged 3-5 years in ECEC.

Reflective practice activity 1 - Possums long day care (PDF, 261KB) | (RTF, 64KB)

Reflective practice activity 2 - Koalas kindergarten service (PDF, 260KB) | (RTF, 41KB)

Reflective practice activity 3 - Kookaburras preschool room in long day care (PDF, 251KB) | (RTF, 40KB)

Reflective practice activity 4 - Kangaroos kindergarten service (PDF,252KB) | (RTF, 41KB)

Video Podcasts - Sleep, rest, and relaxation
A series of short podcasts to assist early childhood educators, service providers and authorised officers to reflect on quality sleep, rest, and relaxation practices for children 3-5 years in ECEC.

Podcast 1 - Getting the most out of the environment

Podcast 2 - The tricky business of balancing sleep expectations and needs

Podcast 3 - Meeting the diverse and dynamic sleep and rest needs of children in a group

Podcast 4 - Sleep, rest, and relaxation and the National Quality Standard

Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/ )
Last updated
12 October 2018
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