School-Age Child Care Schedule

Time Allotted

Activity

Notes

Additional Notes


 8:30 –8:50

 8:50-9:10

9:10-10:25

Arrival 

Activities/Greeting

Routine/Breakfast

Large Group Meeting

Centers 

-Teachers greet families and children as they arrive in the classroom.

-Children store their belongings and participate in Greeting Routine (refer to the Greeting Routine in the NYC Pre-K for All Interdisciplinary Unit of Study (Unit) Sample Weekly Plan).

-Children clean hands and prepare for breakfast, if desired. Teachers sit and engage un conversation with the children self-serve the breakfast items and eat breakfast. After breakfast children clean hands prepare for Large Group Meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting teachers should review the Flow of the Day (children's schedule) and preview the Ideas for Learning Centers (Centers) activities. Children should select where they will play first.

Unit related activities/materials should be accessible to children in all Centers for a substantial portion of the day.

The length of time provided for Centers is calculated from the minute the last child joins a Center activity.

-Small Groups (SG) can be implanted during Centers or at another time during the day. Work with a couple of groups per day and spend the remainder of the time engaging with children in interest areas. Although children are typically excited about the opportunity to work closely with a teacher children may decline the opportunity to participate in SG. Each SG should not exceed 10 minutes in length. Ten extra minutes are built into this sample schedule to allow teachers time to complete SG activities with children who may choose not to participate during centers. 

-At least one staff member or adult should be available to read in different Centers with individual or small groups of children if they express interest.

-Hand washing before/after messy play (play dough, water, sand, paint, glue, etc.) is needed during play time before moving to a different activity.

 

For meals, consider USDA nutritional components required and the time lapse between meals (no more than 3 hours unless children are sleeping).

Large Group Meeting must not exceed 20 minutes and be shorter if children lose interest in the planned activities.

When children have a sufficient amount of time to play and can access Centers and the materials in them, they have some of the essential supports necessary for their play to continue developing in complexity. Teachers should ensure that children have access to and can choose from a variety of Center materials for one- third of the pre-K day (2 hours and 7 minutes), and support children's engagement in play during Centers, making adjustments to the daily schedule to weave in small and large group activities without infringing on that time.

10:25- 10:35
 

Clean-up/ Hand Washing
 

-As children finish cleaning up they clean their hands and go directly to the tables so that their hands are not recontaminated before eating.

-One adult should sanitize the tables for lunch before it is served.
 

Refer to the ECERS-R hand washing and sanitizing guidelines for more information regarding this practice.
 

10:35- 10:55
 

Family style lunch
 

-Teachers sit and engage in conversation with the children ( refer to the Unit Sample Weekly Plan for suggestions).

-Child-size serving dishes and utensils are provided to allow children to serve themselves.
 

▪ As children finish lunch at their own pace, they begin to toilet (if necessary) and clean their hands in preparation for rest.

▪ Children should be able to use the bathroom throughout the day as needed. Group bathroom trips can cause long waits and are not
recommended. Toileting is mentioned in this part of the schedule in order to prevent toileting accidents from happening during nap.
▪ This time can also be used for stretching with soothing music, browsing books or conducting a
read aloud.

10:55- 11:05
 

Toileting and Hand Washing
 

▪ Children rest quietly or sleep on individual mats.

▪ Teachers provide quiet activities for children who do not sleep.
▪ Adjust the length of rest time to suit the needs of the group and individual children; the needs may change over the course of the year.

11:05- 11:40
 

Quiet / Rest Time
 

11:40- 12:00
 

Large Group Meeting
 

At the conclusion of the meeting teachers should preview the Center activities and children should select where they will play first.

12:00-1:15

Centers
 

Unit-related activities/materials should be accessible to children in all Centers for a substantial portion of the day. The length of time provided for Centers is calculated from the minute the last child joins a Center activity.
▪ Small Groups can be implemented during Centers or at another time during the day. Work with a couple of groups per day and spend the remainder of the time engaging with children in the interest areas. Although children are typically excited about the opportunity to work closely with a teacher, children may decline the opportunity to participate in SG. Each SG should not exceed 10 minutes in length. Ten extra minutes are built into this sample schedule to allow teachers time to complete SG activities with children who may not choose to
participate during Centers.

▪ At least one staff member or adult should be available to read in different Centers with individual or small groups of children if they
express interest.
▪ Hand washing before/after messy play (play dough, water, sand, paint, glue, etc.) is needed during play
time before moving to a different activity.

1:15-1:35

▪ Children clean up classroom materials and then transition to hand washing so that their hands are not recontaminated before eating, and then transition to tables for snack.
▪ Teachers engage in conversation with the children during Snack.
▪ Children serve themselves the snack items.
▪ After Snack, children should wash hands and begin to get ready for Gross Motor Play.

Clean-up/ Hand Washing/ Snack

1:35-2:35

Gross Motor Play

-Teachers observe and interact with children as they use playground toys and equipment.

-Refer to Ideas for Learning Centers within the current Unit for unity-related activities outdoors.

-Active Play/Gross Motor Equipment/ Music and Movement activities should be planned indoors on days when the weather does not permit outdoor play.

-Ten minutes are built into this sample schedule to allow for transition to and from the playground.

Full day Pre-K for All programs should plan for children to have at least 50 minutes of active, student-directed gross motor play.

2:35-3:00

Closing Meeting

▪ Teachers lead children in a reflective discussion about the day.

▪ If it has not yet been conducted, teachers can lead a read aloud.
▪ Teachers and children prepare for dismissal.

General Notes
▪ Transition time will vary depending on the space and number of children.
▪ Will alternate active and less active times.

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