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Old 08-11-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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I have never had to provide nap mats. In the first two places we've been, they used cots and they also supplied the bedding. In the third place, they used mats which they supplied and I supplied the bedding which was sent home weekly for washing. Now my oldest is in kindy and has to bring a beach towel to rest on. My youngest is starting a new place in a week and they also supply the nap mats and I think I have to supply the bedding but they wash it (I guess I should ask!).

I have also worked in 2 daycare centers, both of which provided nap mats while the parents supplied and washed the sheets. We used nap mats like these Amazon.com: REST MATS 10 MIL VINYL 3-FOLD: Toys & Games
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Thank you Adventive and everyone else for your reply!

I am going to contact the school and see if its ok to use a little sleeping bag.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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I would suggest not using a sleeping blanket for a couple of reasons. If there is an potty accident, it can leak onto the floor and become a sanitary issue for the school. Also your child would have nothing to rest on if it had to be removed until it was washed. Which leads to the next issue....washing a sleeping bag and getting it dry every week, or more if accidents, is a real pain.

As long as the mat is around 1 inch thick, it will be plenty cushioned and all they need is a blanket. The school may or may not allow pillows (places that practice lice prevention don't usually allow pillows). A fitted crib sheet can be a nice addition, but it's not necessary. Typically the kids in a preschool are not there long enough to get a deep long nap, just a rest time.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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When my son was in pre-k.I bought him a yoga mat from big 5 ...nice spongy and still small enough..with a standard pillow and a blankie..
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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I would suggest not using a sleeping blanket for a couple of reasons. If there is an potty accident, it can leak onto the floor and become a sanitary issue for the school. Also your child would have nothing to rest on if it had to be removed until it was washed. Which leads to the next issue....washing a sleeping bag and getting it dry every week, or more if accidents, is a real pain.

As long as the mat is around 1 inch thick, it will be plenty cushioned and all they need is a blanket. The school may or may not allow pillows (places that practice lice prevention don't usually allow pillows). A fitted crib sheet can be a nice addition, but it's not necessary. Typically the kids in a preschool are not there long enough to get a deep long nap, just a rest time.
This is false..perhaps places you have checked out but every center has its policies..
I know I have worked at different centers since my ex husband was military...and comfort is always a factor..and if blankies are soiled? They send them home..pillows? Are allowed and every child needs to have a certain amount of space to sleep from another child ( State regs)
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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This is false..perhaps places you have checked out but every center has its policies..
I know I have worked at different centers since my ex husband was military...and comfort is always a factor..and if blankies are soiled? They send them home..pillows? Are allowed and every child needs to have a certain amount of space to sleep from another child ( State regs)

My post: I would suggest not using a sleeping blanket for a couple of reasons. If there is an potty accident, it can leak onto the floor and become a sanitary issue for the school. Also your child would have nothing to rest on if it had to be removed until it was washed. Which leads to the next issue....washing a sleeping bag and getting it dry every week, or more if accidents, is a real pain.

As long as the mat is around 1 inch thick, it will be plenty cushioned and all they need is a blanket. The school may or may not allow pillows (places that practice lice prevention don't usually allow pillows). A fitted crib sheet can be a nice addition, but it's not necessary. Typically the kids in a preschool are not there long enough to get a deep long nap, just a rest time.

What part do you think is false? I am a child care professional and have been for over 20 years, so it's not that I have 'checked out' centers. I know the state standards inside and out.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:58 PM
 
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My post: I would suggest not using a sleeping blanket for a couple of reasons. If there is an potty accident, it can leak onto the floor and become a sanitary issue for the school. Also your child would have nothing to rest on if it had to be removed until it was washed. Which leads to the next issue....washing a sleeping bag and getting it dry every week, or more if accidents, is a real pain.

As long as the mat is around 1 inch thick, it will be plenty cushioned and all they need is a blanket. The school may or may not allow pillows (places that practice lice prevention don't usually allow pillows). A fitted crib sheet can be a nice addition, but it's not necessary. Typically the kids in a preschool are not there long enough to get a deep long nap, just a rest time.

What part do you think is false? I am a child care professional and have been for over 20 years, so it's not that I have 'checked out' centers. I know the state standards inside and out.
lol...At the agressive post..I am a Early childhood specialist as well and have been for many years...
I am uncertain why sleeping bags are not suited...? Usually going to the potty is customary since the children just had lunch..and if the blankets/bags were to get wet? and spill onto the floor? It is called quat...
And regarding lice prevention? I am sorry I beg to differ rules and regs do not get stricter than Head Start..since we must adhere to fed and state guidelines...point in fact pillows were provided for our children and washed at the end of the week.Head Start centers are also well equipped with extra blankies for those types of accidents and I know for certain that quality preschools are also equipped with extras...
Regarding nap times? You are generalizing...the actual time it takes a child to get comfy and settled and then sleep? Especially if they are there at 7 am? Can result in a deep sleep which is WHY accidents do occur...
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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lol...At the agressive post..I am a Early childhood specialist as well and have been for many years...
I am uncertain why sleeping bags are not suited...? Usually going to the potty is customary since the children just had lunch..and if the blankets/bags were to get wet? and spill onto the floor? It is called quat...
And regarding lice prevention? I am sorry I beg to differ rules and regs do not get stricter than Head Start..since we must adhere to fed and state guidelines...point in fact pillows were provided for our children and washed at the end of the week.Head Start centers are also well equipped with extra blankies for those types of accidents and I know for certain that quality preschools are also equipped with extras...
Regarding nap times? You are generalizing...the actual time it takes a child to get comfy and settled and then sleep? Especially if they are there at 7 am? Can result in a deep sleep which is WHY accidents do occur...
Ah, then your opinion is merely different which does not make my post 'false' and certainly not aggressive.

Sleeping bags do indeed pose a hardship when it comes to laundering whether at the center or at home. Been there done that. I shudder to imagine a class full of sleeping bags only and having to launder 9-18 sleeping bags a day. No thanks-I would not have been able to return home each day back then! lol

They also pose a sanitation issue if they were to be used without a mat underneath, which is what the OP was considering. The majority of places use the bleach mixture for sanitizing and not a qual, which I believe you meant instead of quat, due to the cost factor. The only other option would be a carpet steamer, and again cost is a factor.

Lice prevention....one would guess that a quality Head Start that provides pillows would have commercial machines in order to handle laundering pillows weekly and a low(er) quantity of children as well?
A quality center (we were NAEYC Accredited) the size of ours would not have been able to handle laundering pillows for every child, even with commercial machines, as we had on average 90-100 children napping, including infants. Not enough staff nor time to get blankets, sheets, pillows, sleeping bags, washcloths and bibs done. It's a logistical matter. We did infant laundry and 1-2 classes of nap linens and barely had time to get all that done.
None of which negates the fact that pillows pose greater risk during lice outbreaks and having the health department tell us point blank to eliminate any pillows in order to gain greater preventative measures in regards to lice prevention.

As a side note...of course extra blankets tend to be available, and use of such adds to the laundry as they must be washed after every use instead of daily.

Regarding nap times....the OP was referencing a preschool, not a center. Preschools are typically only in operation from 8:30 or 9:00 until 2 at the latest. Their 'nap time' is usually only a 'rest time', 1 hour to perhaps 1 1/2 hours at the very most. That does not provide enough time for most to get into a deep sleep.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:17 AM
 
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Ah, then your opinion is merely different which does not make my post 'false' and certainly not aggressive.

Sleeping bags do indeed pose a hardship when it comes to laundering whether at the center or at home. Been there done that. I shudder to imagine a class full of sleeping bags only and having to launder 9-18 sleeping bags a day. No thanks-I would not have been able to return home each day back then! lol

They also pose a sanitation issue if they were to be used without a mat underneath, which is what the OP was considering. The majority of places use the bleach mixture for sanitizing and not a qual, which I believe you meant instead of quat, due to the cost factor. The only other option would be a carpet steamer, and again cost is a factor.

Lice prevention....one would guess that a quality Head Start that provides pillows would have commercial machines in order to handle laundering pillows weekly and a low(er) quantity of children as well?
A quality center (we were NAEYC Accredited) the size of ours would not have been able to handle laundering pillows for every child, even with commercial machines, as we had on average 90-100 children napping, including infants. Not enough staff nor time to get blankets, sheets, pillows, sleeping bags, washcloths and bibs done. It's a logistical matter. We did infant laundry and 1-2 classes of nap linens and barely had time to get all that done.
None of which negates the fact that pillows pose greater risk during lice outbreaks and having the health department tell us point blank to eliminate any pillows in order to gain greater preventative measures in regards to lice prevention.

As a side note...of course extra blankets tend to be available, and use of such adds to the laundry as they must be washed after every use instead of daily.

Regarding nap times....the OP was referencing a preschool, not a center. Preschools are typically only in operation from 8:30 or 9:00 until 2 at the latest. Their 'nap time' is usually only a 'rest time', 1 hour to perhaps 1 1/2 hours at the very most. That does not provide enough time for most to get into a deep sleep.
Fair enough, your center was obviously huge..and this would pose a problem for laundering...NAEYC accredited? So are we.lol...However depending what state your from and what is considered the law for that state...I was shocked to see how the numbers differed from state to state..

Here in california...Standard for toddlers is 4 to one teacher..one lead teacher and one ass. so essentially 8 toddlers in one room...pre-k was 15-18 to one teacher and one lead and one assistant...very nice if one thinks about safety and being able to provide a quality DAP curriculum and environment using standard measures DRDP'S..
When I taught in Tx...it was insane to me how low the standards were..
Toddlers were 20? With a lead and assistant...it was a rat race between changing diapers and still attempting to provide a DAP learning experience.

So you are right, our opinions differ...
I feel for your situation this would pose an issue to where in my experience it would not be an issue
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Thank you all for your helpful posts! I now have food for thought when I go school shopping next weekend.
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