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NAN: Developing Routines

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent. 

Routines, or activities that happen at about the same time in about the same way each day, foster a sense of safety and security in children. Toddlers feel secure when they know where things go, what comes next, and what happens when, in reference to their daily routine. 

When caring for toddlers, they will thrive when each day follows a predictable pattern.  For nannies caring for toddlers, their daily routine may look something like this: 

7:00 am Arrive, get toddler out of bed, prepare breakfast 

8:30 am Inside playtime 

9:30 am Snack and outing 

11:30 am Lunchtime 

12:30 pm Nap

3:00 pm Wake up and snack time 

3:30 pm Outside play 

5:30 pm Dinner

6:30 pm Bath and bedtime routine

7:00 pm Bedtime

Having a predictable pattern to the day will provide a toddler with comfort, help to support a trusting nanny and child relationship, and provide many opportunities for learning each day.  

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Developing Routines