Even the slight­est change to a child’s dai­ly rou­tine can have dras­tic effects on their mood and abil­i­ty to nav­i­gate their day. As child care providers, it’s often up to you to help the chil­dren in your care han­dle any changes that their dai­ly rou­tines may expe­ri­ence. It is up to you to help chil­dren with changes in rou­tine and help chil­dren do so with min­i­mal upset or frustration.

Our 4 clock hour (0.4 CEU) course Cre­at­ing Sched­ules and Rou­tines dis­cuss­es the impor­tance of a child’s dai­ly rou­tine. In par­tic­u­lar, this course dis­cuss­es how to help chil­dren adjust to changes in routine. 

Here are some tips on how to help young children manage changes in routine:

  • Have a good under­stand­ing of indi­vid­ual children’s needs and abil­i­ties to han­dle change.
  • Lim­it the num­ber of changes that are intro­duced at any one time. 
  • Pre­pare chil­dren for changes before changes occur. This is also an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to include par­ents as an addi­tion­al lay­er of sup­port for the child.

Even though all young chil­dren ben­e­fit from a con­sis­tent and pre­dictable dai­ly rou­tine, there are some chil­dren who are more adapt­able by nature. Chil­dren who are not as adapt­able need expo­sure to new expe­ri­ences, but do their best when faced with one small change at a time. Repeat­ed expo­sure to the same new sit­u­a­tion, with­out pres­sure to adapt, is usu­al­ly the best way to approach this. While expos­ing the child to the new sit­u­a­tion, talk with the child and dis­cuss sim­i­lar­i­ties between the old rou­tine and the new rou­tine to help them adjust to the change. 

Routines: Circle Time

Anoth­er way to help chil­dren adapt to var­i­ous changes in rou­tine is to cre­ate a sched­ule that is eas­i­ly fol­lowed and kept to. Cir­cle time is a great activ­i­ty to start and end your day. 

In the morn­ing, cir­cle time can give chil­dren time to adjust and say hel­lo to each oth­er. It is a time for them to learn what they’ll be explor­ing that day. Then at the end of the day, chil­dren and care­givers can come togeth­er in a cir­cle once the room has been tidied and cleaned. This rou­tine is a great way to help chil­dren tran­si­tion between your pro­gram and their home. Read our blog our blog on How to Have a Suc­cess­ful Cir­cle Time to learn more!

To find out more about the impor­tance of sched­ul­ing your day and to find out more about keep­ing to a spe­cif­ic rou­tine, check out Cre­at­ing Sched­ules and Rou­tines on our web­site. Thank you for reading!

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