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Sample Schedule for a Toddler's Day

Daily schedules are developed with the following in mind:

  • Matching the age and abilities of the children.
  • Outdoor time, both structured and unstructured, every day.
  • At least two large blocks of time for child-directed learning.

And include:

  • Morning and Afternoon Group Time
  • Small-Group Activities
  • Morning and afternoon child-directed learning in learning centers
  • Outdoor play and activities
  • Snack and meals
  • Rest time

Here's an example daily schedule for our Preschool classrooms.

Open – 9:00 a.m.

Arrival and Breakfast

Children participate in quiet activities and eat breakfast. As children finish breakfast, they can visit learning centers until most children have arrived and are finished eating.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Morning Snack

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Community Time

Children come together to welcome each other and talk briefly about the day's events. Other activities include a read-aloud and a song or fingerplay.

9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Learning Center Activities

Teacher begins a theme-related activity in one of the learning centers. Children participate and explore other learning centers with theme-related experiences that change weekly.

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Outdoor Play

Children enjoy structured and unstructured play outdoors.

10:40 a.m. – 11:10 p.m.

Lunch

Children wash their hands, help set tables, and prepare to eat lunch family‑style.

11:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Rest Time

Children nap or rest quietly. As children wake up, they can select from different quiet activities such looking at books.

1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Afternoon Snack

2:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Learning Centers

Teacher begins a theme-related activity in one of the learning centers. Children participate and explore other learning centers with theme-related experiences that change weekly.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Outdoor Play

Children participate in structured and unstructured play outdoors.

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Focus Activity

Children participate in a whole-group activity from one of five weekly focus areas, both inside and outside the classroom.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Community Time

Children come together to talk about the day's events as well as any special events planned for the following day. Other activities include read-aloud and a song or fingerplay.

4:00 p.m. – Close

Learning Centers

Children explore and play in the learning centers on their own.


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