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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Welcome to Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Children and Sleep

Children and Sleep

Why is a good night’s rest important for children (and adults)?

Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s routine and an indispensable part of a healthy lifestyle.   Studies have shown that children who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behaviour, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.   Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.

What is the recommended amount of sleep a child should get within 24 hours?

 

  • Infants under 1 year: 12-16 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1-2 years old: 11-14 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours
  • Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours
  • Adults 18-60 years old: 7 or more hours
  • Adults 61-64 years old: 7-9 hours
  • Adults 65 years and older: 7-8 hours

 

Although the amount of sleep you get each day is important, other aspects of your sleep also contribute to your health and wellbeing.   Good sleep quality is also essential.   Signs of poor sleep quality include not feeling rested, even after getting enough sleep, repeatedly waking up during the night and experiencing symptoms of sleep disorders (such as snoring or gasping for air).   Improving sleep quality may be helped by better sleep habits or being diagnosed and treated for any sleep disorder you may have.

Some children are tough to get to sleep and others have trouble staying asleep.   Here are some tips to help families to help children get the recommended amount of sleep?

Establishing a consistent bedtime routine is important.   The routine should ideally start at the same time every night.   As soon as the sun goes down, start to “wind down” the household.

 

  • Dim the lights
  • Stop use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bed
  • Have a snack and drink (avoid caffeine)
  • Take a warm bath/have a wash
  • Do a quiet family activity such as reading a short book
  • If your child wakes up during the night, walk them back to their room with as little commotion as possible
  • Set a wake up time for when the child is allowed to leave his or her room. The child can play quietly until that time if desired.

 

A bedtime routine will vary depending on your child.   Ideally it should take 30 minutes but in some cases it can take up to an hour.

 

Consider using visual schedules for your child to follow.   Keep your voice calm, avoid confrontation and any bright lighting.

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472
  • office@barming.kent.sch.uk
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