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  • It can be difficult to know whether your preschooler is experiencing a sleep or settling concern. If your preschooler’s sleeping patterns are not affecting you or your family and you have strategies that work, then they may not have a sleep concern. 
  • Parents are encouraged to be responsive to the needs of their preschooler. Responsive settling is recognising that your preschooler needs help by responding appropriately.
  • For preschoolers there are a few approaches you can try for sleep concerns, these include: bedtime fading and reward charts and free passes. It is important that the approach you choose is right for your family and preschooler.
  • If your pre-schooler is attempting to or climbing out of their cot, it is time to move them to a bed.  Make sure that your home is safe to reduce their risk of injury. 

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Reviewed on: 27-03-2023