Quality sleep is essential for children’s growth and development. A decent night’s sleep will help them to do better at school, allow them to react more quickly to situations, have a more developed memory, learn more effectively and solve problems, plus it will make them less susceptible to colds and other minor ailments, less irritable and better behaved!

– Lucinda Parker

The Sleep Charity are a great association, with lots of material to help with such an import subject .

Sleep deprivation causes increased hyperactivity and other behavioural problems, as well as damaging physical and mental development. Poor sleep habits from an early age can lead to long term sleep problems.

The Sleep Charity, incorporating The Sleep Council, provide advice and support to empower the nation to sleep better.

They campaign to improve sleep support and access to high quality information, raising awareness of the value of a good night’s sleep and promote understanding around the complexities of sleep.

Shaun the sheep is the sheepy sleep ambassador for the ‘Sheep Dreams’ campaign to encourage an understanding of the importance of a good night’s sleep to families. Shaun is known for his fun adventures, but sleep has always been a prevalent theme in the series.

Here are some useful links to help get the best nights sleep for your little ones:

Please click here to see ‘Night Night Sleep Tight: Picture Books to Aid a Calm Bedtime’