HELP! Does your Pre-K MAKE kids nap?

I am at my wits end here folks. My daughter's pre-K has a scheduled 2 HOUR NAP PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from 12:45-2:45

She no longer needs to nap. They basically spend an hour trying to get her to nap by patting her back etc.

After being cajoled into sleeping for 45 minutes, she then is WIDE awake until at least 9:30 PM.

She awakens at 6:30AM.

On weekends when she dooesn't nap, she gets up at her usual time and I put her to bed at 7:45, she's usually asleep by 8:30.

Weekdays, I put her to bed at 8:00 ish, and tonight she was up until 9:50. This is not unusual if she had napped.

She is not tired. Kids who are tired fall asleep in cars on long trips, take naps, etc. She can get up at 6:30 AM, play hard all day and drive 70 miles home from Grandma's without falling asleep. Then she goes to sleep at a reasonable time.

I don't think all 4 year olds should be expected to nap.

What is the schedule at YOUR pre-K re: naptime???
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I have no personal experience (my 14 month old NEEDS his nap LOL) but my MIL was a daycare provider for many years and just yesterday she was telling me that there were always a couple of her kids whose parents didn't want them to have a nap because it would mess with their bedtime. So those kids would have "quiet time" when the rest of the kids were napping. Not sure exactly what a 4 year old can do quietly but it sounds like you are not alone in your thinking.
My oldest got expelled from his daycare at age 4 because he wouldn't nap, LOL! The director just would not bend on the issue. She was adament that ALL pre-schoolers need a nap every day. My son didn't want to take a baby-ish nap, and he was causing a disturbance every day because they tried to make him. So, they kicked him out. Well, it was mutual. They gave us notice to please find other arrangements, and we were happy to go.

I put him in another daycare, one which had a "non-napper" room, and all was well.

To this day (he's 20 now), I tease him that he got EXPELLED from nursery school.
Some states have regulations - it is not the choice of day care/ pre-k places. Our daughter went to a morning pre-k. The director told me that the state mandated that they have at least 1 hour of "quite" time during the day for the all day kids. They could sleep if needed, but they at least had to lay on a mat quietly to allow the others a chance to rest.
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I agree about the state regulations...you should check and see what the law dictates.

That being said, my daughter gave up naps at the age of two. I have a daycare boy who took naps the whole time he was in kindergarten. All kids are different.
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I have no personal experience (my 14 month old NEEDS his nap LOL) but my MIL was a daycare provider for many years and just yesterday she was telling me that there were always a couple of her kids whose parents didn't want them to have a nap because it would mess with their bedtime. So those kids would have "quiet time" when the rest of the kids were napping. Not sure exactly what a 4 year old can do quietly but it sounds like you are not alone in your thinking.
Originally Posted by mad scientist
My mother has said that when my brother and I were in preschool we didn't need to nap. So she arranged for us to have "quiet time" while everyone else napped. I think there were 1 or 2 other kids who didn't nap either. We colored or played quietly with blocks or something while the other kids napped. My mom is really funny when she goes on her "I was paying people to take care of my kids, so I'll be darned if they're gonna make them go to sleep, so they'll but up all night when I have them" rant!
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When I was doing preschool we had the state regulation for quiet time and so we had to make every kid lay down for awhile. We also had the few that wouldn't take naps but they were usually ok with laying on there cot quietly until everyone else fell asleep and then they were given books to look at or things to color. At our preschool we also provided daycare so a lot of our kids were getting there at 6:30am and needed a nap. And for us teachers who were there with 20 kids for 8 hrs with no break it was a time to relax a bit and work on lesson plans so a nap time was deffenetly needed.







I totally get needing quiet time. she has an hour of quiet time in her room on weekends. At school she is capable of an hour of quiet time. But after that, she should be allowed to color or something. There are enough teachers where they could stagger the lunch period for the teachers. you could have non-nap duty 3 days a month or something.
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My daughter still naps 2-3 hours at 2 1/2. When I worked in a pre-school, we had nap time for all the kids. Some kids ARE still taking naps at that age. Have you TALKED to the school? I imagine if you let them know that your daughter doesn't need a nap and isn't going to sleep, they'll let her sit quietly and read or color or something while the other kids sleep.
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I totally get needing quiet time. she has an hour of quiet time in her room on weekends. At school she is capable of an hour of quiet time. But after that, she should be allowed to color or something. There are enough teachers where they could stagger the lunch period for the teachers. you could have non-nap duty 3 days a month or something.
Originally Posted by vivasmom
she should be allowed to do something but a non-nap room may not work with regulations or they might not have the space for it. And any preschool I worked out the teachers didn't get a lunch break we had to eat with the kids, we did family style eating so we all sat at the table together were the food was sat in the middle of the table and everyone served themself we weren't even allowed to bring something different for us to have for lunch.If we were lucky we would get a half-hour planning time maybe once a week but we didn't get those very often.







I totally get needing quiet time. she has an hour of quiet time in her room on weekends. At school she is capable of an hour of quiet time. But after that, she should be allowed to color or something. There are enough teachers where they could stagger the lunch period for the teachers. you could have non-nap duty 3 days a month or something.
Originally Posted by vivasmom

Usually the lunches for teacher IS staggered. They can't leave the kids in the room by themselves, so there always has to be SOMEONE there.
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At the childcare center where I work, we do have a scheduled naptime, but most of the parents still want their kids to nap. We do have a few who would rather have their children stay awake, and there's the occasional one or two that never get to sleep or wake up early. If the child isn't content to lay quietly on their cot (some are), then we bring them over to the table and let them color, read, do artwork, etc. We never force a child to take a nap.
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They don't have a nap time at my son's school

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