Regulation 81 Sleep and Rest

Educator Fact Sheet 2

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As a Family Day Care Educator you have a responsibility to cater for the individual sleep and rest needs of children in your care (Regulation 81). This means that you need to take into consideration the child’s age, developmental stage, cultural practices and other needs. Children need a comfortable environment for their bodies to rest and relax. It is important the environment is safe and well supervised and the beds and cots comply with Australian standards (AS/NZS 2172) to ensure children are safe. The cot or bed should be clearly marked with Australian standards symbol or a compliance certificate present at all times. Awareness of safe sleeping practices will reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Ensure each child has their own individual linen that is clean and in good repair. Beds and cots should be wiped over with warm water and detergent between each use. Consult with parents and carers about individual children’s rest needs so that rest time is a positive experience for all children.

Please read Better Future Family Day Care Policy 1.4 for further concerning your responsibilities in regard to child sleep and rest.

Examples of Beds and Cots which Meet Australian Standards


SIDS Guidelines for Sleeping Babies Safely

  1. We can encourage parents and carers to observe these practices at home to keep children in our care safe;
  2. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
  3. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
  4. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
  5. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
  6. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
  7. Breastfeed baby


Please refer to the SIDS & Kids website for further information.

Talk to one of the Coordination Unit Staff members if you want some suggestions or advice to better implement more effective safe sleep and rest times.

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