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SLEEP - Sleep learning for early education professionals

Sleep learning for early education professionals research project and professional development resources

Sleep health and sleep development - children aged 3-5 in early childhood education and care - 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) Adobe PDF document613K(RTF) Rich text format document 64K.

Meeting children's sleep, rest, and relaxation needs in ECEC - children aged 3-5 - 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) Adobe PDF document471K(RTF) Rich text format document 53K.

Sleep, rest, and relaxation and the National Quality Standard for ECEC - children aged 3-5 - 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) Adobe PDF document377K (RTF Rich text format document 50K).

A professional conversation framework on quality sleep practices in ECEC - children aged 3-5 - 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) Adobe PDF document419K(RTF) Rich text format document 68K

Positive sleep, rest and relaxation practice examples - children aged 3-5 - resources for educators, services 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.

Resources

Positive practice example 1 - long day care (PDF) Adobe PDF document133K(RTF) Rich text format document 40K
Positive practice example 2 - kindergarten (PDF) Adobe PDF document235K(RTF) Rich text format document 40K
Positive practice example 3 - family day care (PDF) Adobe PDF document133K(RTF) Rich text format document 38K

Reflective practice case studies - children aged 3-5 - 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.
Resources include:

Sleep, rest and relaxation for children aged 3-5 - Podcasts - 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

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