published: 24.09.2013, 12:20 | updated: 27.09.2013 10:20:37
Brno - It is inadmissible to force children to sleep after lunch, which is common in some kindergartens, deputy Czech ombudsman Stanislav Krecek told CTK today.
Krecek said if kindergarten teachers insist on the children sleeping after lunch, their parents could complain with the Czech School Inspectorate.
One of the mothers turned to the ombudsman's office with the unusual problem associated with the forced sleeping after lunch.
Under the law, neither the ombudsman nor his deputy have any right to order headteachers and teachers how to work or to punish them.
However, it is within their powers to give an advice to the citizen on how to resolve the problem. This was how Krecek proceeded in this case.
He told the mother that teachers had to go by the Framework Educational Programme for Preschool Education, available online.
It said that in the children's daily programme in kindergartens, "there is the respect for individual need of activity, sleep and rest of individual children. It is inadmissible to force the children to sleep."
If the kindergartens do not observe the regulation, the school inspectorate must ask the teachers to do so. This happened in the case of the complaining mother.
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