Activity settings on a typical day at Scola Early Learning.
7:00 - 8:00
Arrival and sporadic ad hoc play in the main rooms. Parents and children are greeted by the team and offered coffee and a chance to socialise before going to work.
8:00 - 9:30
The outside area is opened and children are encouraged to play in the outdoors. Indoor activities are still available as more workshops begin opening, and children can play games and get involved in artistic work.
9:30 - 10:30
All team members are present at this time, and all workshops are open. Any current themed projects would likely occur during this timeslot (e.g., if the educators are teaching children about nature and biology through art, this would be practiced here). Morning tea occurs during this timeslot, with programmes still open for children to use when they are not eating.
10:30 - 11:15
Learning activities relevant to the programme continue at this time as we approach lunch time.
11:15 - 12:00
Circle time would often occur during the first half of an hour of this slot. This allows children and educators to sit down and read a story, discuss world events, or engage in a calming thematic activity relevant to the current programme. The last 15 minutes are allocated to handwashing and sitting at the tables prepared for lunch.
12:00 - 12:30
Now, it is finally time to enjoy the delicious meal prepared by our lovely cook!
12:30 - 2:30
Rest and sleep time (for the children who need sleep). This is an opportunity for team members to clean the eating area after lunch, and to take their lunch breaks. Relaxed activities are set up for children who are not sleeping to engage with.
2:30 - 4:30
Free time for play. Parents will begin collecting their children during this time. Educators are required to encourage the forms of play mentioned in the Scola Early Learning Guidelines for Growth.
4:30 - 6:00
Workshops will begin closing during this time. One or two workshops will remain open in the outdoor area (which stays open until roughly 5:30). Educators will begin clocking off and most children will have been collected. This time is an opportunity for educators to greet parents and discuss their day to day lives and the development of the child.
Workshops mentioned in the daily routine will typically aim at developing the child’s diplomatic, caring and disciplinary values, or the executive functions of memory, problem-solving, organisation and planning, etc.