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Nap/Rest Time


NOCAC Head Start will provide an age appropriate nap/rest time to children enrolled in a classroom that operates 6 or more hours each day.


  1. Children are encouraged but not forced to rest or nap.
  2. Staff should provide calming, soothing music during nap time. Music should not contain words.
  3. Nap time should be a minimum of 30 minutes and not more than 60 minutes each day.
  4. Alternative quiet learning must be provided for children who do not need or want to rest/nap.
  5. Rest/nap areas shall be lighted to allow for visual supervision of all children at ALL times.
  6. Evacuation routes shall not be blocked by resting/napping children. Each child shall have a free and direct means of escape and NOCAC Staff shall have a clear path to each resting child.
  7. There must be two NOCAC Staff members in the nap room at all times.
  8. Cots/mats shall be individually assigned, cleaned and sanitized in accordance with ODJFS 5101:2-12-13 Appendix A.
  9. Children are not permitted to rest/nap on the floor without a cot or mat.
  10. A cot shall stand at least 3 inches and not more than 18 inches off the floor and be at least 36 inches in length and as long as the child assigned to the cot is tall. A mat is a pad that is at least one inch thick and at least as wide and long as the child using the mat.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

  1. ODJFS 5101:2-12-13 Appendix A

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.21 – Center-based Option; 1302.31 – (e)(1)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    5101:2-12-13
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children: – Cleaning; – Sleep & Rest Areas
Other Sources:    


Effective Date:   8/7/17 Reviewed Date:   8.23.22
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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