Sarah's Family Daycare
The goal is to keep a consistent, balanced routine (e.g. stimulating and restful) to meet the needs of the children in care.
Furthermore, it is a routine/rhythm, not a schedule. To support the children’s play/learning, transitions may not necessarily be guided by the clock. For example, if snack time is coming and children are engaged in high quality play, I typically wait until a lull in the play occurs or children show signs of stress (e.g. easily frustrated) and snack could be moved somewhat earlier or later.
This is is a sample routine and could be adjusted to meet the needs of the children being cared for.
Arrival: Free Play
8:30 Estimated Bus Drop-Off & Outside – Play, Gardening, Nature Walk, Neighborhood Walk, Playground
9:45 Bum Changes & Toilet Time
10:00 Snack Time
10:30 Circle, Songs, Stories and/or Games
10:45 Free Play, Creative Play and/or Domestic Activities
11:30 Wash up for lunch
11:45 Lunch Prep & TV Time*
12:45 Bum Changes & Toilet Time
1:00 Nap/Quiet Time **
3:30 Snack Time
3:45 Bum Changes & Toilet Time
4:00 Estimated Bus Pick-Up, followed by free play (indoor or outdoor)
4:45 Tidy Time
5:00 Free play & TV Time*
*I may turn on the television while lunch is being prepped and at the very end of the day. Only TVO broadcasting is shown to the children during these times. Children are not required to watch television and are more than welcome to play instead.
**Children who still have a morning nap or an earlier nap will be accomadated as much as possible, with the formal nap or quiet time always after lunch.
"Rhythm is the magic word for parents and educators of young children...Our children who live closer to basics than we do, are profoundly affected by the life rhythms we determine for them. Many problems we experience with our children can be addressed by setting a simple daily rhythm that allows their needs to be met in a timely way."