Understanding sleep and safe sleep practices in early childhood education and care


Price $45
Subscription This package is available as a part of an ECA Learning Hub Subscription.


National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA2Children’s health and safety
QA3Physical environment
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
QA7Leadership and service management
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
5Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
7Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


The Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute 
The Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, provides leadership at community, state, national and international levels on the health and wellbeing of children aged 0 – 8 years. 


Sleep is important to the overall health, wellbeing and development of infants and children. Children who do not sleep well may struggle to learn and regulate their behaviour. This can also affect the wellbeing and health of families, and may impact the child’s experience in early education and care services.

Developed by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and the Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), this professional learning package contains three comprehensive and highly practical online learning modules which examine the importance of sleep to infant and child health, wellbeing, learning and development in line with the introduction of safe sleep and rest practices (ACECQA, 2017). This learning package has been developed with support from the Ian Potter Foundation.

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After completing this professional learning package you will:

  • understand the science of sleep and the sleep requirements for babies and young children
  • be able to identify safe sleeping environments and the regulations around sleep environments
  • know the different approaches you can take to support the development of healthy, safe sleep and rest habits in early childhood education and care settings in collaboration with families and the community.

Annual subscriptions

This professional learning package is available as a part of an ECA Learning Hub subscription for a limited time – if you have an annual subscription, this course is able to be assigned within your account.

If you wish to purchase an annual subscription (group or individual) for ongoing access to all our learning modules, please visit the ECA shop or email learninghub@earlychildhood.org.au for a tailored quote.