Sleep in early childhood


By Pam Linke

Sleep and sleep practices are fundamental to children’s wellbeing, growth and development. Sleep is especially important for infants and young children, and it is an essential part of early childhood education and care programs. Understanding the importance of sleep in young children’s development and learning, and safe sleep practices, is a key responsibility of early childhood educators. Peaceful sleep, and successful transition to sleep, nourishes health, development and learning. To achieve this, having educators working with parents/carers is central to infants’ and young children’s safety and wellbeing in early childhood education and care services.



This Everyday Learning Series title explores:

  • safe sleep practices
  • tummy time
  • communication with parents/carers
  • settling babies
  • sleep cues, comforters, associations and rituals
  • sleep challenges.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

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