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Rest Periods for 2, 3, and 4 year olds*
Center children have a long, active day. Naptime is a designated time between 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to sleep during naptime. Soft music and back rubs help the children relax. Scheduling a specific time to rest is a Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care regulation. Children who do not sleep are permitted to get up earlier than 3:00 p.m. and play quietly on their cot or mat after an hour or so while others are sleeping.
Each child is provided with his/her own cot or rest mat. Sheets are also provided by the Center for the cots and are washed weekly, or more often as needed. Sheets for the mats are provided by the parent. Parents are also requested to provide a small blanket and, if necessary, a crib-size pillow for their child to use during nap time. Full size bed pillows should not be brought to the center. These items are sent home for cleaning at least weekly, and more often if needed.
*Toddler rest periods vary depending on each child's needs