Do you work in a childcare centre or with parents who ‘require’ a nap time for all children ? How many hours sleep does a 2+ child really need ? Is napping essential for good development or learning ? What do you offer for a child who seems to have given up their day nap, or who is resisting sleep?
There are so many beliefs about sleep, but surprisingly little research from a psychological and developmental point of view.
So, expect in 2015 a series of newly published research, focusing on children 2-6 (“Preschool”) and whether they need naps and what the consequences are for napping….
Essentially, the research shows that children between 2-4 naturally phase out daytime naps, and prolonging the nap ritual may actually cause them to have more sleep interruptions, and less overall sleep.
This has huge implications for childcare settings, where many jurisdictions ‘require’ a nap time or structure their childcare ratios around an expectation that all children will sleep at a set time.
So, what do you do with children over 2+ who really don’t seem to need or want a daytime nap ?
This one is top of my list for parents-to-be who are interested in Montessori !
This chart is from Harvard University and is based on neurological research evidence that shows ‘sensitive periods’ for learning/refining specific abilities of the brain. In my work with parents, I often find myself explaining that the ‘evidence’ we see (observable behaviour) is only the end-point of a whole process – and that the child’s development is a long way ahead of this observable evidence.
Here is the chart from Harvard University: “Neural Connections for Difference Functions Develop Sequentially”.
And here is a chart of the Montessori sensitive periods:
A wonderful insight into the life of Maria Montessori.
Delighted to share that Simone Davies of Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam has started a new website for Montessori parenting…
“Helping you to apply Montessori principles in daily life, answer your Montessori questions and, in 2015, follow my Montessori workshops online.”
Her first video has already arrived on the web…
Letter written by Maria Montessori commemorating the opening of the first Casa dei Bambini:
I started my work like a peasant who had put aside good seeds of wheat, and to whom a fertile piece of land had been offered so he could sow it according to his wish. But it was not to be. As soon as I moved the sods of that earth, I found gold, rather than wheat. The sods were hiding a precious treasure.