6.45am

I usually wake up a 6.45 am. Rollover and check my work phone and emails for any urgent messages example non attendance, weather, local incidents and traffic. I then have a shower, brush my teeth, do my hair (or fix my wig (✿◠‿◠) to look my best for a fabulous day.

7.45am

I start the children's day by displaying a few interesting toys and books out as well as bricks to encourage independent and creative play.

8.00am

The first loud knock on the door of the day. A 2 year old greets me, removes his shoes and waves a hurried goodbye to mum as he dashes in to see what he can play with. Before I open the safety gate, each child has to wash there hands and brush there teeth (if applicable).

8.20am

The next child arrives, they say goodbye to dad and does the same as the first child. Then off they go to find their friend inside.

8.28am

Another knock at the door. A big smile from the baby, as Mum goes happily to work.

Over the next 40 minutes we expect two more children to arrive creating a mountain of coats, shoes and bags. Various activities are now happening in both playrooms, from animals to cars to watching educational multimedia.

8.35am

Its time to share breakfast. Breakfast is offered to all children whether they have had or had not had breakfast. Children love freshly baked bread with melted butter or banana porridge with blue berries. We do have a large variety of nutritious breakfast for all.

9.00 am

15 and 30 hour funded children start to arrive. We now have energy of happy and excited children, diving deep into play, lots of giggles and laughter.

9.30am

Time for a story in the story corner, the older children choose a story cushion and the baby sits on my knee as I read interesting stories.

9.45am

There is a choice of toy boxes for the children to pick from, today it is puppets and stacking toys. As a puppet is chosen we sing a song and the toddlers and baby join in. Everyone has a turn choosing and operating the puppets, including the baby who wears it more like a glove.

The children then continue their play alone as I go to prepare snacks.

10.15am

Snack time. Hands washed and everyone is sat down and ready for a snack time.

10.45am

Snack is eaten, and cleared away and its time for circle time. This is great for engaging in sing songs, dance, letters, numbers and days of the week. Also an opportunity to talk about the weekend if its a Monday, any special birthdays and Show and Tell.

11.30am

The children continue their in door or out door play as I go to prepare lunch. My assistant would be using this time to engage and observe positive behaviour.

12.25pm

It is time to come inside and wash our hands or to tidy up the toys inside. Children have lots of fun finding the right toys for the right boxes.

12.30pm

We all love to express ourselves and we use this time for dance and exercise.

1pm

Lunchtime!  we all sit down at the table, for lunch. Lots of chatter over lunch, so many learning opportunities.

2pm

Nap and quiet time. We find favourite toys and blankets and everyone settles down for a nap. Tired after a busy morning.

While they rest I can tidy up the lunch mess and sort out the activity for when they wake.

3.30pm

All awake and everyone wakes to the sounds of the jungle, safari or rainforest music. Big stretch... Toilet and nappy changing time, lets all wash hands

4.00pm

Snack time, after a fun day everyone is ready for a drink and snacks.

4.30pm

Craft time and the children gather round the table to see what activities are on offer. The theme this week is treasure boxes, created from a junk box. lots of treasure hiding inside, sparkles and glitter.

4.50pm

The craft is completed and all look great. Everyone puts on their shoes and coats to go outside and look for treasure, hidden in the garden. The older children kindly help the little ones.

5.00 pm

Everyone is back inside and hands are washed and everyone gets ready for home time.

5.10pm

Story time again, this time I choose a book and we gather round to listen. A good activity to wind down ready for home.

5.15pm

As I read, parents are arriving to collect their children. Shoes, coats and bags are found and activities proudly presented. There are lots of waves and shouts GOOD BYEEEEEEEEE!

6.00pm

The last children have left, its been an amazing day.

Now it is time to sit down and have a nice large cup of blue mountain coffee before sending the parent logs, cleaning and vacuuming and preparing to do it all over again.

A typical childminders day by Audrey Atkinson of Oopsy Daisy Daycare