Daily schedule

Within The Clown Club the following daily schedule is being used as a guideline. The youngest babies have their own individual feedings and sleeping schedule, which is determined in consultation with the parents. This will change to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the babies. By 8 months babies get a more fixed rhythm which is similar to the schedule for older children as stated in the Baby Room handbook.

Time                           Activity
7.00 – 8.00    Arrival: All children arriving before 8.00 will be welcomed in the Dutch 1 group.  We prove a light breakfast for the children brought in before 7.30. At 8.00 all the teachers come to collect their children from the Dutch 1 group and take them to their room.

8.00 – 9.45     Children are brought to their groups either by the teacher collecting them from the Dutch 1 group or their parents. They are offered a variety of activities ranging from free play to art to special theme related activities. Though we do not have a strict arrival cut off time, we do prefer that the children arrive before 9.30. This is so that they have time to settle in after being dropped off and they can take part in the extra morning activities. 

9.45 – 10.15    Tidy up time: The children are encouraged to help put away all the items they had been playing with and to prepare for snack. Morning snack consists of a variety of fresh fruit (bananas, appels, pears, kiwi, etc), a cracker or similar product and water.

10.15 – 10.45  Circle time: Every morning we have a circle time with the children. We start by singing our “Good Morning” song. Every child and teacher is individually greeted and welcomed to the group. During circle time the teachers sing songs, read stories and talk about the current theme or events.

10.45- 11.00    Change diapers/toilet round: The English 2 children are brought, by a teacher, to the toilets. All of the children go, including the ones who are not as yet toilet trained. Our Dutch 2 and Dutch 3 rooms are equipped with toiletten facilities in their rooms so the teacher start asking the children to visit the toilet one by one. All children in diapers are changed at this time.  In the younger groups all children get their diapers checked and changed.

11.00 – 12.00  Outside play: We are very lucky to be able to provide our children with a large outside play area. The groups rotate use of the front (main) play area, the sandbox and, for the older children, the gated off parking area. Each area offers a different experiences and challenges for the children. In the front area there is a slide, building toys as well as cars and trikes for riding on. The sandbox is open when the weather and season allow. The children have an assortment of digging, carrying and building toys for in the sandbox. The parking area is only used in the morning and when the gate can be closed and locked. They then get to do obstacle courses, parachute and relay games. The children also get to go outside when it’s raining as we have rain suits and boots for them to wear.  When the weather is bad the children stay inside and do different movement activities like musical chairs, yoga, dancing or sit down and  do art work.

12.00 – 12.45   Lunch Time: For Lunch the children are offered wheat bread sandwiches and milk or water.  They may choose from a variety of spreads for on their sandwiches (peanut butter, chicken filet, appelstroop, vegetable spread or spread cheese). Raw vegetables like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and bell peppers often accompany the sandwiches. During lunch time the teachers sit with the children and create a family dinning experience where they are encourage to converse with each other and the teachers. The teachers will ask the children what they would like to have on their bread and once all the children have been served, they may start eating. We feel polite habits like waiting for each other are important to start learning at a young age. So this is repeated at all meal times.

 12.45 – 13.00   Change diapers/toilet round: The English 2 children are brought, by a teacher, to the toilets. All of the children go, including the ones who are not as yet toilet trained. Our Dutch 2 and Dutch 3 rooms are equipped with toiletten facilities in their rooms so the teacher start asking the children to visit the toilet one by one. All children in diapers are changed at this time.  In the younger groups all children get their diapers checked and changed.

13.00 – 15.00   Sleep and rest time: At this point in the day most children are ready for a break and a nap. The older groups place stretchers around a darkened room for the children to rest on. In the younger groups there is a separate sleeping room for the children to sleep in. The children who no longer need to sleep during this time, lay quietly on their beds with books until they are allowed to move to a table for quiet play.  It is important that all children get the chance to rest and reset though we also know not all children need to sleep so we try to provide both a quiet and a relaxing environment for both sleepers and non-sleepers.

15.00 – 15.30   Change diapers/toilet round: The English 2 children are brought, by a teacher, to the toilets. All of the children go, including the ones who are not as yet toilet trained. Our Dutch 2 and Dutch 3 rooms are equipped with toiletten facilities in their rooms so the teacher start asking the children to visit the toilet one by one. All children in diapers are changed at this time.  In the younger groups all children get their diapers checked and changed.

15.30 – 16.00  Afternoon snack: Our afternoon snack is a small (roughly 80 grams) warm meal. On the new page you will find out detailed menu. This menu is up dated and rotated regularly.

16.00 – 17.00   Outside play:  The children get ready to go outside.  The children get to enjoy another round of fresh air and running around. In the dark winter months this period may be replaced with special activities inside like an extra circle/story time or other engaging structured activities.

17.00 – 17.15   Light snack: At this point in the day we offer the children a light snack to help carry them over till dinner at home. We offer cherry tomatoes, fruit, bell peppers, cheese blocks and cucumber with water.

17.15 – 18.15   Inside play: At the end of the day we see how the children are doing and if they seem to need more active or more quiet play. The teachers decide whether to have extra free play outside or to keep the children inside for more restful play.

18.15 – 19.00 End of the day: All the children present at this point of the day are gathered into the Dutch 1 and English 1 groups until they are collected.

 

 

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