Day to Day Routines
Where adults can usually cope with changes when necessary, a child needs more preparation and support to help process the new situation. Children first obtain their sense of security through close contact with parents or caregivers, and regular routines in the home. Children see their home routines as familiar and comforting and they actively rely on them from an early age. Routines bring comfort in daily life and this is something that is relevant to adults and children.
When children start at kindergarten or change kindergartens the home routine will inevitably experience some change which will affect all members of the family. You will have a developed system of routines in your family and this departure from the `norm´ when starting kindergarten will be disconcerting and confusing. This includes language, dietary differences, new carers to get used to, as well as a large group of new peers who may be quite loud. The addition of a new language in the kindergarten setting may result in the children requiring extra time to adapt.
The goal of established routines is to help your child to be comfortable in both the home and in the kindergarten. However, there are ways that you working together with the kindergarten can help. Information from you to the kindergarten is vital to ensuring that your child’s routines at home are reflected and supported in their routines in the kindergarten.
Your kindergarten should know the following information about your home routines:
· What your daily routine is including mealtimes, sleep times, outdoor activities and hobbies?
· When is your main family meal?
· Where and when does your child nap during the day?
· How does your child eat? What are their favourite foods? What do they not enjoy eating? Do they eat with a spoon or what another implement?
· What are your child’s toileting habits?
It is important to explain if the child has attended a previous day care:
· What were the similarities and differences?
· What routines and schedules where followed?
· What languages were used?