Your Child’s Daily Routine

Daily routine at Zein Day Care
Your child’s daily routine is important to us. We always talk your child’s current eating and sleeping patterns through with you as part of our intake process. In practise we find that within several days almost all children – be they babies or toddlers – adjust to the same routine as the other children in their group. This pattern is never forced, but rather a comforting rhythm that children embrace and adapt to when they feel at home in our care.

Even with a clear structure and rhythm, no two days are ever the same at Zein, but the planner below will give you a good idea of what a Day Care day looks like.

Our bilingual (English-Dutch) groups follow the same daily programme. To completely immerse the children in both languages throughout each day, songs and nursery rhymes during meal and clean-up time are conducted in both English and Dutch, while the main activities of the day and the twice daily circle times are delivered either fully in Dutch or fully in English.

Time Description of Activities
07:30 Centre opens
07:30 – 08:50 Arrival of children and Free play
08:50 – 09:30 Wash-up and Breakfast
09:30 – 10:00 Clean-up and Diaper Change
10:00 – 10:15 Circle time (1 of 2) Books, storytelling, fun numbers/alphabet activities, creative activities etc.
10:15 – 10:35 Activity time (different age groups) Science, painting, colouring, cutting & pasting, numbers, etc.
10:35 – 11:10 Dress up and Outdoor play
11:10 – 12:00 Wash up and Lunch
12:00 – 12:30 Transition to Nap: Hand washing, brushing teeth, toilet break and diaper change
12:30 – 14:30 Relaxing Quiet/Nap time
14:30 – 14:45 Toilet Break and Diaper Change
14:30 – 15:00 Free Quiet Activity: Reading, puzzle, play dough, etc.
15:00 – 15:30 Snack (1 of 2 )
15:30 – 15:45 Circle time (2 of 2) Books, finger plays, felt board stories, songs, etc.
15:45 – 16:25 Dress up and Outdoor play
16:25 – 16:35 Toilet break and Diaper Change
16:35 – 16:55 Activity time (different age groups) Science, painting, colouring, collages, fine motor skill exercises etc.
16:55 – 17:30 Clean up and Snack(2 of 2)
17:45 – 18:30 Clean up, Free play and Pick-up Update of Parents
18:30 Centre closes


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