A Typical Day
Daily Schedule and Routine
***** This schedule is the basic order of the day and is generally consistent, though times are flexible So, if we are having a really good time working on a project then free pay time make last longer. Alternatively if we’re having a really hard time sitting and listening at group times, then we’ll end early, do something more active, and come back later to finish. *****
Start of the Day
8:45am – On arrival staff will be there to greet you and your child. We encourage the children to locate their locker and store their belongings, placing their lunch box in the fridge and put their shoes on the shoe rack. Once the children have done their jobs and washed their hands they are asked to join the other staff member who will be waiting in the Kippa to share some settling in activities.
9:00am – The children meet together for our first morning group session. Through this session we will greet each other, share stories from home, practice our Acknowledgement to Country and talk about the day ahead.
9.10am – Story/Language time. Children's literature has a wonderful way of a capturing a child's imagination while at the same time helping to develop vital language and literacy skills from an early age.
9.20am – Indoor/Outdoor play/centres. Different centres are set up at the tables and around the room and outdoor environment e.g. creative art projects, motor skill activities. Some of the regular centres are the dramatic ‘home corner’ area, book corner, blocks, sensory/water play, easel painting etc. Children flow from centre to centre as their interests dictate.
9:30-10:30am – Tuesday Only - Yoga with Kate - 2 groups of children will participate in a 30minute session including breathing, stretching and mindfulness.
Flexible Morning Tea – children are able to eat the morning tea between 9.20 am to 10.30 am as their hunger dictates. This flexible morning tea allows for children to work on play projects through the morning and break from their ‘work’ when they are ready.
12.00 – Pack-up jobs. The children gather together (usually with a 5-minute warning) and work as a team to tidy away their Kindy environment, preserving unfinished projects, and preparing the room for the next day’s play.
12.20 – Music/Movement session. We all enjoy this important time together as a group. Music is one of the most important areas of development for young children. It contributes not only to listening skills, development of concentration, but also the pleasure of self-expression.
12.40pm – Lunch. After washing hands we have our lunch together
1.15pm approx – Rest time. The children are encouraged to quietly rest their bodies on their bed. We begin rest time by reading a chapter book to the children. We then play some beautiful music in the quiet, relaxed room allowing time for those who need to sleep to fall asleep. ‘Quiet bags’, with books, puppets, manipulative toys, are handed out to those who are not asleep.
2.15pm – packing up sheets and beds
2.30pm – Drawing Book/Reflective Journal. This also is our reflection and planning time where we discuss what we did today, what we would like to do tomorrow, and what we will need to prepare for this to happen. This planning is recorded on a chart and referred to the following morning in our group session to prepare for the days’ play.
2.45pm – Home time It is not easy for a 4, or even 5-year-old to tell you all that has happened in their busy day. To help you to be informed there will be a photo slideshow running on the ipad on the kitchen bench highlighting the day’s activities. By taking the time to view this you will be able to start up the conversation about the day by triggering their memory. We endeavour to email a weekly summary of our learning home at the end of each Kindy week. If you have any individual questions or concerns, please feel free to make a time to see your child’s teacher.