Sharon's Giving Tree Family Dayhome

ABC's and Apple Trees -- Loving and thoughtful care for your child

Daily Schedule

My dayhome's schedule is flexible to accommodate the needs of the children and families I currently have in care. Kindergarten buses, preschool transport, nap times, and variable drop-off and pickup times are the main factors influencing the schedule. After that, the children's preferences and interests are the main factors shaping what we do!

Besides meal and snack times,  my daily schedule always includes the following:

  • story times, both reading and storytelling
  • music (singing together, playing instruments, exposing children to a variety of quality music on cd, dancing to a youtube playlist of children's favourite songs)
  • free play, supervised and facilitated by me
  • outdoor play - we try for at least an hour a day, except on the coldest and windiest days
  • activities that I plan in response to the children's interests
  • spontaneous activities according to what the children want to do that day
  • personal care routines like diapering, going potty,and handwashing
  • housework routines related to keeping our dayhome spaces clean and safe -- dayhome children learn respect and independence through being involved with toy cleanup, snow shoveling, meal and snack preparation and cleanup, folding dayhome laundry, and cleaning windfall apples off the grass
  • naptimes for children under 3 and a quiet time in the afternoon for older children
  • open-ended art experiences and experiments
  • Informal meeting times where we talk about things we have done and plan together what we want to do next


TV and Screen Time Policy

I have run a TV-free program since 2007.  My daily schedule does not include computer games, iPads or iPods, DS,  TV or DVD screen time.  

There is no Treehouse at my house.

While I have not done this for nearly a decade, I do reserve the option to play a children's dvd for twenty minutes in the following situations:

  • To distract the children while I do something hazardous, like clean up broken glass or clean up after and care for a sick child while waiting for a parent to pick up the sick child.
  • To help a child who is just starting in dayhome to feel familiar or safe by watching a favourite video,
  • When the weather is cold, I might pull out a children's yoga videos for a large motor activity to do with the children.
I very occasionally play a Youtube video on my phone for the children if there is a science topic we want to learn more about or a song we are interested in that I don't have in my collection.  We listened to and watched a few videos of the Canadian opera soprano, Measha Breuggergosman last winter, after listening to her holiday album, for example. Older children who are awake during quiet time sometimes sit with me while I post pictures and videos of our activities that day to our private family online dayhome group for their parents to view.  These times of reflection on our learning through play together are fun for the children and useful to me as I plan for future activities.