Family Child Care and Home Preschool


Planning a good routine for a day home setting can build a solid foundation and foster healthy development in young children. 

  • Routines are emotion regulators

  • Shape habits of behavior

  • offers emotional security

  • physiologic stability

  • builds self control

  • easier transition into school

Our schedule has been developed to accommodate children of various age groups.  With the exception of meals or quiet times it allows for flexibility and the times listed below are approximate.  Never one to waste an opportunity we allow for unplanned events or opportunities that may arise during our day together, after all part of spending the day with little folk should allow for spontaneous adventure. 


  This schedule is an example of our typical daily routine and may be modified to accommodate parents work schedules; School PD & Early dismissal days, Winter/Spring breaks and Teacher conferences during the 2015 ~ 2016 school year calendar.

7:45-8:15 Older children leave for school ~ Escort if required
8:30-9:00 Transition into Morning Preschool Program

Preschool Program


Circle Time ~ Calendar/Weather ~ Introduction to new topics,
Structured Learning Adventures ~ Themed based activities
Story, songs, puppet/finger plays, creative movement, etc
Open Centers ~ Children's choice of free play activities in any of the learning centers (dramatic play, Sensory Exploration, art, reading/picture books, science, trains, computer stations, puzzles, block play, Lego etc)
Large motor skills, outdoor Play and/or Planned activities

11:30-12:30 Lunch preparation ~ children are guided towards fun transitional activities (puzzles, coloring, singing etc) while the final touches are added to our lunch menu.  Everyone washes up and we sit together to enjoy our meal at either the table or picnic outside depending on both the weather and our mood
12:30-1:30 Quiet time
1:30-2:30 Planned activities
2:30-3:00 Older children arrive from school ~ pickup if required
3:00-3:30 Snack time
3:30-4:30 Reading Readiness, Older children may do homework, Outdoor Play &/or Planned activities,
4:30-4:45 Transitional free play ~ Goodbye Hugs & Departures ~ events of our day are discussed with the children and their parents before leaving
4:45-5:00 The last of our extended "day family" have departed


Meal and snack time is enjoyed together as a group so that we may practice table manners, socialization skills and share stories.  If your child will be arriving late please be sure to feed them at home.

Large motor development and outdoor play is a wonderful part of our day, parents are responsible to provide appropriate attire for all weather conditions

You will notice that, just like home, diapering and washroom breaks are not "scheduled" for hourly visits.  Diapers are changed frequently, dry or wet, while "soiled" diapers are changed immediately after the task is completed. 

Potty trainers are watched for cues and provided regular opportunities for washroom visits, with suggested reminders during playtime activities that can make it difficult to remember. 

Hygiene practice ~ preformed before/after meals and after all washroom visits/diaper changes.

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