Sweet Dreams & Bright Futures: The Significance of Rest for Preschoolers

In the bustling world of early childhood education, the importance of naps and rest period for preschoolers cannot be overstated. These essential moments of repose play a pivotal role in shaping a child’s physical and cognitive development leading to a brighter and more vibrant education experience throughout their life.

Physical & Cognitive Benefits

Preschoolers are bundles of boundless energy, and their bodies and brains are constantly in motion. To support this growth and development, the National Sleep Foundation, preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5 require 10-13 hours of sleep per night.  During sleep, the body undergoes essential repair and growth allowing muscles to heal, energy reserves to replenish and the brain to process. The brain interoperates and consolidates information acquired during the day. It’s also a time when memory is strengthened, problem-solving skills are honed, and creativity is nurtured.  A well-rested preschooler is more likely to exhibit better emotional regulation. Sleep plays a role in balancing mood and emotions, reducing irritability, and helping children manage stress and anxiety easier.


Childcare settings often incorporate structured rest periods into their daily schedules. At Penguin Crossing Academy, we would love a chance to show you our daily schedule for all areas of your child’s learning. These periods offer children a chance to unwind, recharge, and prepare for further learning and exploration.  State laws are in place to support rest periods for all children, not just babies due to how vital they are to a child’s development.  They are a fundamental part of a preschooler’s daily routine. Naps provide a much-needed recharge, helping children stay alert and engaged during their daycare or early childhood education activities. Research published in the journal “Pediatrics” (2019) highlights the cognitive benefits of napping for preschoolers, including improved memory and language skills.

Healthy Sleep

Educators and childcare providers play a significant role in promoting healthy sleep habits. They can create a sleep-friendly environment by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, ensuring a comfortable sleep space, and using soothing routines to signal the transition to rest or sleep.  Ask how Penguin Crossing Academy meets this need for all children no matter the age and level of rest needed.

All around the world of childcare, the importance of sleep, naps, and rest periods for preschoolers cannot be emphasized enough. Adequate sleep supports physical growth, enhances cognitive development, improves emotional regulation, and contributes to overall well-being. Structured rest periods at Penguin Crossing Academy provide essential breaks for children to recharge and prepare for further learning. By prioritizing sleep and rest, we pave the way for brighter, healthier, and more vibrant preschool experiences, setting the stage for a lifetime of learning and success.