Having a set routine is important for children to have in the child care setting. H&H offers many unique trainings to help plan for daily routines and activities which are available for online or inclass trainings. Included below please find information from the Maryland State Department of Education Licensing Branch this very interesting Resource Document:
Importance of Daily Routine for Child Care
- A set routine is used by children and providers as part of their internal clocks.
- It is used as way of keeping time.
- It helps them to be assured of what will happen next.
- Everyone moves through the day more smoothly when they know what to expect next. They are much calmer and their behavior reflects this. However make sure that your routine allows some flexibility for unexpected events.
- Mealtimes are an essential part of the day. Regular meals and snacks are essential for the children. Eating times should come about 3 to 3 ½ hours apart. If children have to go for longer periods of time between eating they can become cranky or exhibit out of control behavior.
- Rest times are extremely important for the children. Rest times allow the children a chance to slow down during the day. Not all children may actually sleep, but everyone can use a “quiet” time. You have an opportunity to have a “breather” during nap time as well. You must remain awake and alert but could have an opportunity to put your feet up or prepare an activity for the children. Activities are the meat of the day.
- Part of a successful routine to the day is to have planned activities for the children such as knowing what art materials will be used, what story will be read, or what game will be played and to be prepared to do the activity.
- It is important to have time for the children to play and explore on their own with the toys and materials as well. Remember the old adage, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This is especially true in working with children.
- If there is not a plan for the day, then the children will plan the day in ways that will not be acceptable.
- A structured but flexible day allows time for you to enjoy working with children and will help you to avoid frustration and burn out.