Daily Schedule

The beauty of being in a home setting is that the schedule can be flexible.  If we want to play outside, we go outside and play.  If we want to hike and look for wildlife, have a picnic, or work on a special activity, we can alter the daily schedule to best fit the needs of the group on a given day.  Currently, our schedule fits the needs of our group.  Sometimes it is required to serve two lunches to meet the needs of children in 4K programs, etc.  I try to be flexible to meet the needs of the children and their families.

NatureSense Daily Schedule

7:15-7:35                   Breakfast for early arrivals and free play

7:35-8:30                   Free play/chores indoors or out; weather dependent

8:30-9:15                   Breakfast

9:15 - 10:00               Uninterrupted indoor work cycle. Optional circle games/stories read to                                             indvidual children or small groups 

10:00 - 11:00             Outdoor time (gross motor, gardening, walks) including 15 minutes of teacher-                                   led gross motor (bike riding, ball games, running games)

11:00- 12:00              Lunch, music and movement 

12- 12:45                   Clean up, prep for nap, stories

12:45- 3:00                Nap/Quiet time

3:00 - 3:30                 Welcome to after – school  arrivals - wake up/clean up

3:30 - 3:45                 Snack

3:45 – 5:00                Outdoor Gross Motor/Nature study & hikes

5:00-5:15                  Care of the environment & Final goodbyes!


Infants to age 2 Create their own schedules – they can eat when hungry and sleep when tired.  They may join any of the structured activities (stories, circle time, etc.) but are also able to explore the environment in a safe space or sit on a provider’s lap.  Babies are held, rocked, talked and sung to, played with, carried and taken on walks daily, and sometimes worn in a baby carrier.  We change positions of non-mobile infants frequently, offering plenty of tummy time, holding time, and love.  We also use Baby Signs (to the best of our ability) to help foster communication before a child can communicate their needs, etc. with words.

2 year olds are given the opportunity to join the more structured activities, such as: circle time songs, games, stories and projects, as they are ready.


3 to 5 year olds will generally follow the schedule.  If a child chooses not to participate in an activity, he or she may work quietly, help another adult, rest as needed, etc.


School age children are offered a snack upon arrival and given access to age-appropriate activities, although they are welcome to explore the rest of the materials/projects offered as well.  They may have a separate, supervised space to complete homework and are offered help as needed.   They will also join us for some outdoor gross motor play.  They may help with chores or with the younger children as they wish... this is optional.