Toddler Classroom Sample Daily Rhythm
Here’s an example daily schedule
for our toddler classrooms:
Arrival and breakfast
Open – 9:00 a.m.
It’s so nice to see everyone this morning! As children arrive, they are welcomed by smiling teachers. They can eat breakfast and play quietly while they wait for their friends to arrive.
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
If your toddler didn’t eat breakfast with us, it’s time to have a quick healthy snack before we begin our day.
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The start to our day is when we come together as a group to welcome each other and talk briefly about the day's planned events. We will also do things like read a book out loud or sing a song!
9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Activity centers are an important part of our classrooms. This is where kids can play and explore on their own, or work together on a theme-related activity led by a teacher.
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
It’s time to go outside! Mostly little ones play on their own, using their imaginations. Outdoor time can also be part of our daily themed activity.
10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Time to wash our hands, help set tables, and get ready to eat lunch!
11:50 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Ssshh … it’s quiet time. Most children will nap, but if they wake up (or if they never quite get to sleep), they can select different quiet activities, such as looking at books.
1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.
They’ll have a nutritious snack like apples and seed butter.
2:05 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Kids come back to activity centers to play and explore on their own or do a theme-related activity led by a teacher.
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
It’s time to go outside again! They might play on their own or participate in a group activity.
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The classroom comes together to do a group activity! This can happen either inside or outside the classroom.
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Every afternoon, we gather as a group to talk about the day's events as well as any special events planned for the following day. Other activities could include a read-aloud or a song.
Activity centers and pick-up
4:00 p.m. – Close
It’s time for pick-up! After a busy day together, children are given the space and time to explore and play in the activity centers on their own.