This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service

All of our Early Educators undergo specialist safe sleep training, in line with the Lullaby Trust guidelines. The key topics that are covered include:

  • The importance of sleep for brain development and learning.

  • How children’s sleep routines need to evolve as they get older.

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the risk factors that should be avoided.

  • Safe sleeping positions:

    • Babies should always be put to sleep on their back, with their feet at the bottom of the cot.

    • Any blankets should be tucked in.

    • Sleeping bags should be a snug fit around the shoulders so they can’t slip up.

  • Safe sleeping environments:

    • Flat, firm mattresses.

    • Clean mattresses with a waterproof layer that can be wiped down and kept clean.

    • Sleeping area clear of toys, other objects or cot bumpers.

    • 18-20°C room temperature.

    • Safe distances from radiators, direct sunlight and any cords or other hazards.

    • Children's heads should be left uncovered so they don’t overheat.

    • No smoking in the house under any circumstances.

  • Tips and tricks to ensure children get the best possible sleep:

    • Quiet spaces, ideally a bedroom, and one room per child if possible.

    • Darkness - heavy curtains and/or blackout blinds.

    • Timing - we aim to nudge your child to have after lunch naps from around 16 months old so that they can take a longer, more restorative, sleep at home.

    • Our approach is centred around avoiding overtiredness.

  • Frequent monitoring of the sleeping child via a sound/video monitor.

  • Working in partnership with parents to help the child get enough sleep and build a regular sleep routine.

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