This help centre article was written for anyone thinking of applying to become a childminder in the Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
The importance of routine
Making each day predictable will help the children in your setting feel secure
Running each day along a similar pattern means children always know what to expect and this gives them comfort and security.
Children’s main nap in the middle of the day should be at home. Children sleep better and longer in a darkened room, at home in a cot. Buggy sleeps should only be for secondary naps or on occasions on a full day trip out. It should not be a regular event.
Children are at their most energetic in the mornings. Refreshed from a full night’s sleep children naturally want to run, climb, jump and, most importantly, learn in the mornings. So heading out first thing and then coming back for lunch is the routine we recommend our childminders follow.
Afternoons are for focussed activity and free play at home. Aside from one structured activity the afternoon is a great time to let children play unstructured. Children need time to play freely to build their imaginations and creativity and to learn social skills by interacting with their peers on their own terms.
Have an afternoon storytime where you cuddle up in the same place to read all together.
A typical day
First thing. Prep the lunch.
8am - 8.45am. Children are dropped off. Have them store their coat and shoes and let them play freely with their peers whilst you welcome other children.
8.45am. Morning circle time. Sing songs and talk about your day ahead. Read that week’s story of the week.
9am. Get ready and set off for your adventure.
9.30am. Arrive at this morning’s adventure spot. Children free to explore.
10am. Snack and talk about today’s activity.
10 - 11am. Structured activity on location.
11.30am. Arrive home, wash hands and gather around for lunch.
12 noon. Nap time for the little ones, quiet time for the bigger children…reading stories or playing quietly.
2.00pm. Afternoon structured activity.
2.45pm Prep and depart to collect older children from school.
3.15pm. Snack and reading a book to explore more of that week’s topic.
4.00pm Free play and prep the tea.
5pm. Snuggly story time until children are collected. Goodbye song.
6pm. Plan and preparation for tomorrow’s activities.
You will take the children out to a local green space every day - rain or shine. There is no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothing! And of course, you and the children will have all the right kit. By having an outdoors focus to your setting, you will stand out to parents and this will help you fill your spaces quickly.
As part of the training you get from Koru Kids after you are registered, you will do a specific ‘Curriculum based outdoor learning’ module. This will be taught outside on location in a green space in London.
You will learn all about how outdoor learning is so important for young children and you will be given the confidence and the tools to deliver a fantastic outdoor learning programme every day.