Child Care Daily Schedule - Children Playing in a Pretend Car

Child Care Daily Schedule

Studies show that children learn differently than adults and have different daily needs than adults have. Our daily child care schedule is designed to make the most of these differences and meet the needs of your child by providing a flexible yet consistent routine that maximizes learning through play.

Our Daily Schedule

Although our daily schedule is flexible, the same events occur in the same order every day, which helps the children feel secure. The vast majority of our day is spent in child-led, teacher-supported free play.

Program Opens promptly at 7:00 AM. Please don't bring your child for care before then without making prior arrangements.

Child Care Daily Schedule - Children in Sensory Table

Arrival can be hard for children. Saying good-bye to people we love isn't easy; even adults sometimes struggle with this. Because learning to be comfortable with separation is part of becoming independent, I will help ease the transition from home to playschool.

Free Play engages children's imagination and encourages exploration and learning. Children need plenty of free, unstructured play time to develop socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Breakfast is a natural learning opportunity! Children learn about nutrition, practice language, social skills, and table manners, develop positive attitudes towards food, strengthen their self-esteem, and develop independence.

Clean Up is encouraged as soon as children are able to put a toy in a basket. Cleaning up enables children to take pride in a job well done, reinforces pre-math sorting skills, promotes both large and small motor skills, and improves both self-esteem and independence.

Child Care Daily Schedule - Child Playing with Shaving Cream

Play Invitations enrich the children's daily learning. They are based on the children’s interests, a skill they are working on, or a theme we're exploring. Children can choose whether to participate or not; their choice is respected and supported.

Active / Outdoor Time helps develop a lifelong habit of physical activity, contributes to children's growth and development, and lays a solid foundation for future learning. Children who regularly enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and exercise sleep better.

Free Play is vital for children's learning because it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. It also allows children to use their creativity, acquire and practice social skills, and solve problems.

Lunch is provides time to slow down and enjoy each other's company. The children help set the table and clear their own places. They serve themselves “family style,” which promotes self-help, motor, and decision-making skills. Good table manners are promoted, and children decide when their tummies are full.

Child Care Daily Schedule - Boy and Girl Reading Books

Story Time is a daily occurance. Reading to children promotes imagination and pre-reading skills, and helps develop a love of reading. Studies show a strong correlation between children who love to read and academic success.

Naps / Rest Time is important for all children. Their growing bodies need time to rest while their busy minds need time to catch up with all the information they absorb. According to a 2013 study, naps enhance memory and support learning in children of all ages.

Snack consists of two food groups with water to drink. Water makes up more than half of a child's weight so a steady supply is necessary to keep children's bodies working properly. General recommendations are 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day; more in warm weather.

Departure can be as difficult as arrival. Please take a minute to let your child reconnect with you before leaving. I realize this can be hard at the end of the day, but it makes the transition easier for your child.

Program Closes at 5:00 PM; please be sure to pick up your child by then. As much as we love our jobs, we're all tired and ready to unwind after a long day of work, and my family time is as precious to me as I'm sure your family time is precious to you.

Child Care Daily Schedule - Girls Playing in Sand

Family Reviews

"We are so incredibly satisfied with the outstanding care... We would refer anyone looking for a loving place to send their child to Amy in a heartbeat!" ~Sarah

Schedule as Curriculum

A predictable daily schedule, responsive relationships, child-centered environments and child-led free play work together to promote children's learning and development.

Arrival & Departure Tips

Learning to handle "hellos" and "good byes" isn't something that can be mastered in the first week, month, or even year of child care. These tips can help smooth the transition for you and your child.

Daily Learning Activities

Every day at Amy & Kids Co. is a day for growth and play-based learning with daily learning activities that enhance self-esteem, nurture the whole child, and set the stage for lifelong success.