Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Daily Schedule

Since children gain a sense of security from familiar, predictable activities, my daily routine provides big chunks of free time for play anchored by fixed meal and nap times.**


7:30 - 8:30 Arrival & greetings, self-directed play, and general ‘waking up slow’
8:00 - 8:30 Eat-n-go breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast clean-up: hand washing, diaper changing, dishes, etc.
9:00 - 10:15 Outdoor play and/or planned curriculum theme activity
10:15 - 10:45 Snack / change diapers & clothes
10:45 - 11:30 Indoor free play
11:30 - 12:00 Family-style lunch
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch clean-up: hand washing, diaper changing, dishes, etc.
12:30 - 3:00 Nap / quiet time
3:15 - 3:45 Afternoon snack (includes wash-ups)
3:45 - 5:00 Indoor/outdoor play and/or planned curriculum theme activity
5:00 - 5:30 Clean-up & getting ready to go home

** Some children are extremely sensitive to interruptions in their daily routine, so I ask  all parents to arrange to drop off / pick up before or after meal & nap times (11:30 - 3:00). This helps me keep the days running as smoothly as possible!