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A day care center schedule should include nap times, meal times, play time outside, lessons and quiet time, and monthly schedules can be distributed to the parents to keep them informed of any special events. Develop a flexible schedule for a day care center with advice from a day care owner and operator in this free video on child care facilities.

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Hi, my name is Veronica Baragas with mywigglesandgiggles.com and I'd like to share with you a little bit about a daycare center schedule. So this is something that you're going to want to establish early on, you know, before you open your doors; you're going to want to have this in your packets to give to families. No, this isn't something that you have to set in stone, but maybe you want to create your schedule a little bit about, you know, or just schedule your naps and mealtimes. So let's say that, you know, we're going to take breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack and you're going to kind of schedule things around that. This is going to be good for your employees, for you, yourself as, you know, director or, if you're a family member, you know, it's going to help everybody be on the same page. Parents are going to love this 'cause they're going to know what's going on at a day to day basis. The children thrive on schedules. Although you want to do add, like you know, your special activities and what not, but getting them on a routine and a schedule is crucial to having a successful, successful day for anybody. So definitely take into consideration nap times and feedings and make sure you get plenty of outside time. Now this is up to you whether you want to have outside time in the mornings or in the afternoons, and that's the beauty of it all is, when you're starting your own daycare center or when you have part in playing into, you know, figuring out a type of schedule, you know, it's all up to you. Of course, you know, the main things are, make sure they eat and sleep and have plenty of outside time. So that's what I would base most of my scheduling on and you know, the rest will go from there so you want to have, you know, teachings and quiet time, things like that. So just kind of think of a kid's typical day and go from there. Print out plenty of schedules ahead of time. You know, a lot of times I do monthly schedules to make sure that parents kind of know we're doing ahead of time whether it's like certain themes or what not. But being on the schedule doesn't only helps the quality of your daycare, the days run by smoother and you just want to make sure that everybody's doing what they're suppose to. So schedules keep everything in line.

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