- The center shall provide children with a daily opportunity for rest or sleep in an environment that provides subdued lighting, a low noise level, and freedom from distractions.
- Scheduled nap times shall not exceed two hours daily.
- A separate crib, cot, mat, or other sleeping equipment shall be used for each child during nap times.
- Mats and mattresses used for napping shall have a smooth, waterproof surface.
- The provider shall maintain sleeping equipment in good repair.
- If sleeping equipment is clearly assigned to and used by an individual child, the provider must clean and sanitize it as needed, but at least weekly.
- If sleeping equipment is not clearly assigned to and used by an individual child, the provider must clean and sanitize it prior to each use.
- The provider must either store sleeping equipment so that the surfaces children sleep on do not touch each other, or else clean and sanitize sleeping equipment prior to each use.
- A sheet and blanket or acceptable alternative shall be used by each child during nap time. These items shall be:
- clearly assigned to one child;
- stored separately from other children’s when not in use; and,
- laundered as needed, but at least once a week, and prior to use by another child.
- The provider shall space cribs, cots, and mats a minimum of 2 feet apart when in use, to allow for adequate ventilation, easy access, and ease of exiting.
- Cots and mats may not block exits.