Planned or routine activities may be changed according to the needs or interests of children, and/or to cope with changes in weather or other emergent situations that affect routines. Change in routine will be discussed with children to minimize anxiety.
Schedule field trips to provide hands on learning experiences that will extend classroom learning (see Field Trips and Field Trip Safety policy).
Set aside 20-30 minutes each day for each meal. (see Mealtimes policy)
Time between breakfast and lunch is at least 2.5 hours; between lunch and snack is at least 1.5 hours.
Be sure to allow adequate time for smooth transitions between activities. Children should not always be required to move from one activity to another as a group. Use transitions as a vehicle for learning.
Incorporate routine tasks into the program as a means of furthering children’s learning, self-help, and social skills. Routines such as toileting, eating, dressing, hand washing, tooth brushing should be relaxed, reassuring, and individualized based on developmental needs. (see Diapering, Hand washing , Toileting policy)
Brushing teeth will be on the daily schedule.
Washing hands will be on the schedule at least one time, but preferably before a meal.
Post daily schedule in the classroom that is visible to adults and near the entrance to the classroom.
A picture schedule for children’s use will be posted in the classroom at child’s eye level.