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Why Choose Hester's

Hester’s Practices On Children’s Rest Times

As adults we long for that leisurely Sunday afternoon nap and often wish our employers offered us nap times too! We know that children of all ages require periods of rest for good health. While some children nap more easily than others we know all children benefit from a quiet time during the day.

Naps for Infants

Infants dictate their own schedule of eating and sleeping. Hester’s provides a specific crib for each infant with the child’s name on it. We follow the Academy of Pediatrics and the SIDS guidelines and practices for safe infant sleeping. We purchase "safety approved" cribs and do not use bulky blankets, crib bumper pads or too many toys in the crib. We provide clean linens each day, and more often if needed. Infants are placed in the crib on their backs as recommended and we have soft music or nature sounds playing close by.

Resting for Young Children

Children in the toddler class and older are assigned a low-to-the ground rest cot for the length of their stay in a given classroom. The cots are placed in the same place each rest time to promote the familiarity that young children rely on for comfort. This gives the child security and a sense of belonging as they know which is "their cot." We provide clean linens and play quiet music or recorded stories while the children are relaxing and resting.

As children grow older their need for a mid-day rest diminishes. We offer children a book or quiet activity during this period. The length of rest period will vary but will not exceed two hours for toddlers, two-year olds, and three-year olds. Four-year-old children do not rest as long and quiet activities are offered during their rest time. We never require that a child actually "sleep," but know that a quiet time is helpful for even the most active of children.

Quiet Times for Schoolagers

Schoolagers do not usually sleep but a daily quiet time is offered. This time is spent playing table games, working on art projects, reading books or playing with manipulative toys at the table. We do provide rest cots for the children who require additional rest or the child who has an early arrival schedule. After a big swim or a late night at home, even the liveliest of the schoolagers surprise themselves by falling asleep, and they wake up rejuvenated.