Typically, the children at Action Daycare follow this schedule on a daily basis :
7:00-8:30 Children's arrivals/free play; breakfast
(Breakfast ends at 8:30 AM)
8:30-8:45 Diverse activities
8:45-9:15 Washing of hands; snack time
9:30-11:15 Organized activities (e.g. outdoor exploration,
educational program, etc)
11:30-12:30 Washing of hands, lunch time
12:30-14:30 Nap time with relaxation music
14:30-15:00 Wake up from nap; washing of hands, snack time
15:00-16:30 Specialized activities (when applicable)
16:30-17:30 Reflection of the day, organized activities
17:30-18:00 Free Play
Snacks are offered twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. During snack time, the children are in a calm environment; this gives the educator the opportunity to teach proper table manners, while also encouraging children to eat by themselves or with little assistance. Snack time also allows the children to work together; this encourages participation, and fosters a sense of belonging within the classroom.
Nap time is important for children at daycare, as it gives them the opportunity to unwind, and prepares them for activities in the afternoon. Two hours is allotted to nap time. Children are encouraged to rest and relax.
Lunch is served promptly at 11:30 AM. Lunch time is similar to snack time, children work together to create a pleasant eating environment; children are encouraged to eat on their own, wash their hands and clear their own place. Lunch is served in the child's classroom.
Free play is important to a child's development. At this time, children can freely express themselves by choosing to play or engage in an activity of their choice. They are given an opportunity to explore their environment with educational materials presented in the classroom. Together they socialize amongst their peers. Children learn how to share. At this time, educators may also evaluate the child's progress. Observing a child socialize within a group allows the educator to view their strengths and weaknesses.