Human beings learn things by routine and repetition, and the time of life when we’re most open to learning is when we are children. That’s why it’s important to have daily routines for your child’s development, as it’s when they are young that they are capable of learning the most.
Having said that, routines should be positive, as it’s just as easy to learn a bad habit as it is to develop good habits. The same goes for knowledge or learning a new skill the right way.
Why Are Routines Important for Children’s Development?
Positive daily routines for children will help them develop fundamental skills and set them on the path to a happier and more successful life as an adult. The importance of routines in early childhood cannot be overstated. Routines give children a sense of security and stability, as routines create a feeling of familiarity that they can relate to.
A daily routine also makes a child’s environment more predictable, and they begin to understand what’s expected of them, including everyday procedures and an understanding of everyday events. With routine also comes a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
It’s also far easier for children to learn more effectively if they follow routines that have an organised connection. While the word “routine” can sound mundane and boring, routines are essential for your child’s development in so many facets of life. Children will also develop better social skills through learning positive routines.
Daily Routines At Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres
At Kids Club, we believe daily routines for children are vital for their ongoing development. Our routines follow a consistency of actions to help set expectations for the children, whilst being inclusive of all of our different types of learners.
Having said that, it is also very important to note that not all children can ‘fit into’ the standardised daily routine. Some children might need longer to eat or sleep, therefore at Kids Club, we are flexible.
While routines are more commonly fixed, an important note is that we need to be able to empower our children to make decisions on their own. Embrace their autonomy and agency by giving them options for their routine and listening to what they need and catering the routine to that.
Daily Routine Checklist for Kids
Kids Club implements a daily routine for each of the various age groups. Our routines are designed to reduce stress and anxiety as well as to build a foundation for learning each and every day. Many of our routines are visual, something that’s easy for children to relate to. The routines are based on the children’s needs during the day and surround by intentional teaching and purposeful play experiences.
At Kids Club we stay away from using rewards chart style praise, as this kind of reward system can in some instances place undue stress on a child that’s incapable or unable to achieve certain levels. Not only can this inhibit a child’s confidence, it’ll also hamper their ability and enthusiasm to learn and grow.
Just as an example of a healthy routine for children, let’s take a snapshot of the Kids Club daily routine for 3-5 year olds:
- 7:30 am – Kids Club opens
- 8:00 am – Transition period from being dropped off
- 9:00 am – Group learning activity i.e. storytelling
- 9:15 am – Morning Tea
- 9:45 am – Play-based & interest-based activities
- 10:30 am – Planned learning experience
- 11:15 am – Group session in preparation for lunch
- 11:30 am – Lunchtime
- 12:00 pm – Sleep or Rest
- 2:30 pm – Afternoon Tea
- 3:30 pm – Play-based & interest-based activities
- 4:30 pm – Planned learning activity
- 6:30 pm – Kids Club closes
About the Author:
Miss Shelli, is one of Kids Club’s longest-standing team members. She is the bubbly and energetic face and Centre Director at Kids Club Clarence Street. Shelli has her Bachelor of Early Years Education and offers over 25 years of experience in early childhood education and development industry.
To say Shelli is an asset to Kids Club is an understatement. Shelli’s passion for helping shape a child’s future is inspiring and is matched only by her knowledge in the field of early childhood development.