Why does my child have to take a nap at child care?

A child's time at day care is often long and very active. In order to get them to day care before you go to work, you usually have to wake them up earlier than they want to. If children don't get a nap sometime during the day, usually after lunch, they will often get irritable and begin to act out.

Naps and rest time for children vary from child to child. Children are not required to sleep during naptime, but they must remain in some form of quiet activity during the naptime period. A rest period may include reading books, listening to soft music, or listening to books on tape. The rest period may not last more than three hours.