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Suggested Routine for isolation

If you are at home self isolating it is important to create a routine.

All families need some type of routine to establish normalcy, a way to get things done and a sense of security.

Children often fear the unknown – whether it’s the broccoli on their plate – or a big life change like moving to a different house or gaining a new sibling. All our children, and families, are experience large changes at the moment.

While change is a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. A normal routine brings comfort and consistency to a child’s life. To read more about why routines are vital to child development scroll to below the table. 

Suggested Times

Possible Activities with time for tidying up

Before 9.00

Get up, dressed and breakfast

(Self help skills, pouring milk, spreading jam/butter, setting the table)

9.00 – 10.00

Physical Activity

Go for a walk, if it is raining try some yoga stories



Activity Time

Screens off.

Use one of the activities planned for this week


11.00 – 11.15

Wake up

A short physical game to wake their bodies and refocus their minds. “Simon Says” “musical bumps”

Lots of short movement activities. The flow section has some nice relaxing mindfulness videos

11.15 – 12.00

Creative Play

Art—drawing, colouring, sticking, cutting (use old magazines, catalogues, birthday card, envelopes, junk mail)

Imaginative Play—playing house with dolls, action figures, duplo animals, shop (using tins and packets from the cupboard)

Tidy up time

12.00 – 12.30


Sit together at the table or on a rug for a picnic

(this may be longer if they help, spreading butter, cutting sandwiches etc) Also help setting up and clearing away, wiping the table,

12.30 – 1.00

Help Time

Help around the house, folding washing, pairing socks, making the bed, drying the dishes etc


1.00 – 2.00

Quiet Time

Reading Books, puzzles, nap, looking at photographs together, looking out of the window, playing board games or simple paper games  (noughts and crosses)


Activity Time

Toys and games. Screens allowed.

Electronics, educational shows, educational apps

3.00 – 4.00

Fresh air

Playing in the garden, go for a walk, riding bikes and scooters.


4.00 – 5.00


Help to set the table and clear away. Talk about what they have enjoyed today and what they may want to explore tomorrow.


5.00 – 7.00

Free Play

After a full day, time to play with different toys or to revisit old activities.


Bath, Book, Bed

Bring bath time earlier and turn into a play time using old shampoo bottles and other safe plastic containers to play with. Always supervised.


Flatts Nursery School

Ashworth Green, Dewsbury, WF13 2SU

01924 456771