Create a Roadmap for your Day

Building a Daily Nanny Routine

Hello wonderful caregivers! Establishing a daily routine is like crafting a roadmap for children, providing a sense of predictability, security, and stability. Routines also help children practice responsibility and time management. Additionally, the comforting rhythm can reduce anxiety by providing clear expectations and fostering a sense of control. We know this will greatly vary based on the ages of the children, but let’s dive into the basics of building a delightful routine for kiddos in your care:

  • Rise and Shine: Begin the day with a cheerful greeting and a nutritious breakfast. Set the tone for a positive morning filled with smiles and warmth.
  • Playful Learning: After everybody is fed, dressed, and ready for the day, plan interactive playtime with age-appropriate activities (refer to our developmentally appropriate activities by age in the Nanny Blog) to foster creativity and curiosity through new learning experiences.
  • Lunchtime Bliss: No matter the age, the kiddos will need to refuel around lunchtime. Provide a wholesome lunch with a mix of healthy options and kid-friendly flavors to fuel their afternoon. Hint: From time to time, ask the littles to help you prepare lunch and turn it into a learning moment.
  • Naptime Oasis: A full belly means it’s time for a great nap – for both physical and mental rest. To set the mood (so to speak), sing a special song or read a favorite book. By setting up a cozy nap environment, the children will get uninterrupted and restful sleep.
  • Nature’s Playground: Now that they are full of energy, embrace the outdoors for some fresh air and physical activity. Let their imagination run wild!
  • Arts and Crafts: Too hot or cold outside? Maybe it’s raining? Break out all of your tricks and dive into artistic endeavors and showcase your little Picasso’s masterpieces, celebrating the beauty of creative self-expression.
  • Snack Break: It’s been a couple hours since lunch? You know what that means – snack time! Offer tasty and nutritious snacks that ignite their taste buds and contribute to their well-being.
  • Educational Fun: To end the daily routine, infuse playtime with educational elements to make learning through play enjoyable. Tailor the activities to their interests to make every lesson a source of joy. Educational play can definitely be substituted and introduced earlier in the day – do what makes sense for your little kiddo.
  • Dinner Delights: After an adventurous day full of fun, laughter, and lots of good times, wind down the day with a nourishing dinner, encouraging conversation and connection.
  • Repeat: Before you know it, it will be time to Rise and Shine again. What will the next day’s adventure hold??!

Incorporating flexibility into the routine ensures adaptability to the evolving needs of the children. The key is to create an environment where they thrive emotionally, intellectually, and physically.

Craft your schedule with a kid-centric routine that turns every day into a delightful adventure!