Our ‘Better Sleep for Children’ programme is delivered as a three-part programme, in conjunction with schools, supporting parents and teachers to establish healthy sleep habits for children aged 4-10 years old.
According to The Sleep Charity UK, 40% of children suffer with sleep problems. In children and young people, poor sleep patterns adversely affect learning and cognitive ability which means they often fail to meet their full potential in school. A study of school aged children in 2017, found that an hours’ less sleep over three nights can impair academic performance at school by 2 years. The results showed that in children who were able to sleep for 1 extra hour per night, over 7 nights, memory tests increased by 57%, their attention and focus improved by 44% and their problem-solving ability by 66%.
With sleep deprivation also being linked to obesity and an increased risk of daytime behavioural problems, the importance of good quality sleep now forms part of the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Statutory Guidance. The ‘Better Sleep for Children’ programme covers the importance of sleep, sleep needs for school aged children, top tips for getting better quality, longer and more restful sleep as well as practical advice on how parents can implement behavioural sleep approaches and how teachers can support families with this.
The first two parts of the programme are free to participating schools:
The third and final part of ‘Better Sleep for Children’ is a 90-minute live webinar for parents.