Routine Guide

Posted on October 22, 2013, in Child Development

The following is an example of a daily routine that can serve as guideline for parents and caregivers. It is important to spend at least one mealtime, morning or bedtime, and one to two hours of meaningful, interactive playtime with your child at a minimum. The less time you spend together, the slower the process of creating a healthy, secure attachment. These routines should also be maintained for the entire week if possible so that children can depend on these routines. A somewhat strict routine is better for children; it allows them to predict what is happening next, which helps them feel safe. However, we understand that with all children and families accommodations and ability to be flexible is necessary and important. The key is to warn children of any drastic changes or slowly ease the changes into their schedule if possible.

Example One

Early morning snuggle time (10 minutes)
Breakfast (30 minutes)
Tummy time/play activity (1 hour)
Snack (20 minutes)
Outdoor/active play (30 minutes)
Lunch (30 minutes)
Nap time (1-2 hours)
Afternoon snack (15 minutes)
Afternoon activity/video (30 minutes)
Dinner (1 hour)
Free play time (1-2 hours)
Book reading time (15 minutes)

Example Two

Breakfast (15 minutes)
Getting dressed/ready together (20 minutes)
Singing together on the way to childcare drop off (travel time)
Childcare during the day with activities (differs per child)
Pick-up from childcare
Hugs and brief snuggle (10 minutes)
Dinner (1 hour)
Tummy/play time together (45 minutes)
Additional individual playtime (1 hour)
Bathing (30 minutes)
Book reading time (15 minutes)

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