Routines – we all need them but they don’t have to be strict and boring. They can help families be organised and set aside free time to spend together and have fun.
Daily routines help everyone to get ready e.g. bath time, bedtime, dinner time. They help teach children healthy habits like brushing their teeth, washing their hands after using the toilet, and so on. Then there are weekly routines for things like chores e.g. cleaning their room and taking the rubbish out.
Giving your child an important job to do in your family routine will help them to manage time better and develop basic work skills and a sense of responsibility.
Maintaining consistent routines at home as well as in child care and preschool is important for a range of reasons.
See our fact sheet on building strong links between home and child care or preschool here.