At BVIS, we recognise that our youngest children have a busy morning of learning, playing, creating and exploring.
For all humans, sleep is an integral part of our daily lives. Sleep allows our bodies to repair and heal, playing a huge part in maintaining our mental and physical health. Research shows that the less sleep that we have, the more health problems we are likely to develop during our lives.
For babies and children, sleep makes up a huge amount of their day. From birth to around 3 months, babies need on average 16 hours sleep per day. As a child nears 1 year, this reduces to around 13 hours. Between the ages of 2 and 4, research suggests that children need around 11 hours sleep per night with a nap or rest time of 1 to 2 hours per day.
When coming to school, it is extremely important that children to have a sufficient amount of sleep in order for them to learn. Lack of sleep makes it much harder for a child to concentrate, they become irritable, emotional and more anxious about day-to-day activities.
At BVIS, we recognise that our youngest children have a busy morning of learning, playing, creating and exploring. We encourage our children to take a rest after our lunch time, in our specially designed sleeping room. Each child has their own bed with a pillow and blanket, and they can bring their own comforter or teddy bear from home to help them settle during this time.
Whilst we encourage rest at school, it is important to establish consistent and early bedtime routines for your child. To do this, we offer the following advice:
Ms. Catherine Roach
EYFS Coordinator and F3 Teacher