Establishing Predictable Routines in a Child Care Setting

Picture schedule 2 300 pixels.jpgConsistent, predictable routines help young children understand the child care environment and feel secure. A regular routine enables children to reduce anxiety by knowing what is coming next. A well-planned routine will also help encourage children’s positive behavior by meeting their basic needs for eating, sleeping, active and quiet play, time alone, and time with other children.

Here are a few basic guidelines for setting up a consistent routine in your child care program:

  • Plan based on children’s ages. Children