The importance of daily routines

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Daily routines are seen as an invaluable time for the children to develop new abilities and learn about themselves and others.

For young children, such routines become opportunities for learning and discovery. Supported by teachers, these special moments create contexts in which to develop cognitive, language and motor skills and are used to help the children begin to understand the sequence of the day.

Furthermore, daily routines are seen as important moments between both the teacher and child and between children themselves, as they develop relationships with adults and peers while they carry out such routines.

Early Years opens at 8 a.m. but for children who arrive early, the Cool Caterpillars’ classroom is opened at 7.45 a.m. The children are welcomed and supervised by a teacher until their actual class teacher collects them at 8 a.m.

There is also an After-School Club which runs from 4.30 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. This needs to be booked and paid for at the Office.

The Happy Hedgehogs classroom is home to the youngest Smiling students: the two year olds.  Their bright classroom is ideally situated on the ground floor, next to the two school gardens. A typical day with the Happy Hedgehogs is spent between their classroom, the gardens and the gym.

08:00 – 09:30* Welcome and free activities (puzzle, drawing, playing on the carpet)
09:15 – 09:45 Toilet, washing hands, snack
09:45 – 10:00 Who is here today? Carpet time
10:00 – 10:30 Didactic activities / Music / Gym
10:30 – 11:00 Games in the garden
11:00 – 11:30 Didactic activities
11:30 – 11:45 Relax in class or in the garden, getting ready for lunch (washing hands, change of nappies, etc.)
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 Games in the garden and preparation for afternoon nap (washing hands, brushing teeth and nappy changing). Children who don’t stay in the afternoon can be picked up at 12:45
13:00 – 15:30 Sleep
15:30 – 15:45 Snack
15:45 – 16:15 Structured activities (storytime) or free play (construction play,drawing and art activities)
16:15 Home time

* We advise the children to arrive by, and no later than, 9:15.


Practical information: here is a list of what is needed:

The Busy Bees’ classroom is a hive of activity, which houses the three year old children. A typical day with the Busy Bees is spent between their classroom, the gardens and the gym.

08:00 – 09:30* Welcome and free activities (puzzle, drawing, playing on the carpet)
09:15 – 09:30 Toilet
09:30 – 9:45 Carpet Time, we meet on the carpet for conversations in Italian and English, songs, short activities and games that help the children get to know each other, express themselves and feel part of the group
09:45 – 10:00 Snack
10:00 – 11:15 Didactic activities
11:15 – 11:45 Story time, smartboard activities and free play in the garden. Toilet before lunch
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 Brush teeth. Children who sleep get ready to go to bed. Children who don’t stay in the afternoon can be picked up at 12:45
13:00 – 15:15 Sleep. Children who do not nap take part in structured activities
15:15 – 16:15 Snack, different activities all together on the carpet: stories, games, conversation
16:15 Home time

* We advise the children to arrive by, and no later than, 9:15.

Practical information: here is a list of what is needed

The Caterpillars typically spend their morning between their classrooms, the gym and the school gardens.

08:00 – 09:30* Children arrive and take part in structured free play activities
09:20 – 09:45 Carpet time: we meet on the carpet for conversations in Italian and English, songs, short activities and games that help the children get to know each other, express themselves and feel part of a group.
09:45 – 10:00 Toilet and snack
10:00 – 11:30 Didactical activities, Smartboard activities physical activities and sport games in the gym, free play in the garden.  Toilet
11:30 – 11:45 Carpet Time, story time
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 13:00 Free play in the garden or in class. Children who don’t stay in the afternoon can be picked up at 12:45
13:00 – 15:30 Brush teeth. Children who nap get ready to go for nap time. Rest, quiet free-play, structured activities
15:30 – 16:15 Snack, different activities all together on the carpet: stories, games,conversations
16:15 Home time

*We advise the children to arrive by, and no later than, 9:15.

Practical information: here is a list of what is needed.

The Butterflies’ classrooms, rich in print and stimuli for the children, are found on the first floor of the school. The Butterflies typically spend their morning between their classrooms, the gym and the school gardens. They loosely follow the same timetable as Primary students, in order to help the children in their transition into Primary school

08:00 – 09:15 Arrival and Carpet Time
09:15 – 10:15 Structured activities with the teacher
10:15 – 10:45 Toilet and snack
10:45 – 12:30 Activities in the classrooms, music or gym
12:30 – 14:30 Lunch and play in the garden
13:00 – 15:30 Activities with the teacher
15:30 – 16:15 Snack and home time
Practical information: here is a list of what is needed.