What if Nap Time is Not Observed?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “How is nap scored if the assessor does not observe it?” Because we typically observe from 8:30-11:30, we often must find alternative ways to assess nap practices.

Sometimes an assessor will be able to observe some of the indicators of nap/rest even if it is not nap time. For example, assessors may be able to see how cots/ mats and bedding are stored for or are able to observe cot placement if they are arranged before lunch. In these cases, the observer will take note of this information and score accordingly.  The cribs are typically already arranged in an infant room, thus the distance between each crib can be measured.

In instances when nap cannot be observed, the assessor will need to use the interview time to obtain information about the program’s nap practices. Some of the questions an assessor may ask include the following:

  • Can you describe how nap is handled?
  • How are the cots arranged for nap time?
  • How is supervision handled at this time?
  • How often is bedding washed?
  • What do you do if a children are tired before naptime, have trouble settling down, or wake up early?

In some instances, it may be possible to see the cot arrangement at the end of the interview. Other times the assessor may ask the teacher to show or describe the placement of cots.


Melissa Wagner

Melissa Wagner

Melissa Wagner is an Early Childhood Coordinator with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. Melissa has over 10 years of experience with the Environment Rating Scales as an assessor for research projects and Iowa's Quality Rating System and now as the ERS Training project coordinator. Melissa loves hearing success stories about providers who have made great strides to improve the quality of care within their program. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, camping, and house projects.

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