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A day in the life of a family day care educator

I think people often wonder what I do all day now that I’m at home for most of the week running my family day care. So I thought I’d share a bit of insight on my typical daily working routine…

6.45-7.15am Wake up, wash and get dressed for the day.

7.00-7.30am My own kids start waking up. Get them dressed and fed.

7.30-8.30am Day care kids start arriving. Free play (outdoor/indoor)

8.30-9.00am Mat time and story time. First round of nappy changes.

9.00-9.30am Morning tea.

9.30-10.00am Put babies down for morning nap. Older kids have some TV time.

10.00-10.30am Structured activity or learning experience for older kids.

10.30-11.30am Babies wake up from morning nap. Free play (outdoor/indoor).

11.30-12.15pm Second round of nappy changes. Lunch time.

12.15-12.30pm Pack up toys together. Older kids have some TV time to wind down.

12.30-1.00pm Story time. Get ready for afternoon nap/rest time.

1.00-1.30pm Wash dishes and clean up table, kitchen and play area. Prepare afternoon tea for kids.

1.30-2.00pm Eat my lunch.

2.00-3.00pm Work on documentation and admin stuff, record children’s learning observations, jot down notes in parent communication books, upload photos of children’s activities onto private Facebook page for parents.

3.00-3.30pm Some kids start waking up from nap. Story time or quiet activities (books, puzzles, colouring, drawing) to transition from nap to wake time.

3.30-4.00pm All kids usually up by this time. Third round of nappy changes. Afternoon tea.

4.00-5.00pm Free play (indoor/outdoor). Sometimes we might head to the nearby park together.

5.00-5.30pm Parents start arriving for pick-up. Pack bags. Chat to parents about their child’s day.

5.30-6.15pm Clean up and prepare dinner for my own family.

6.15-6.45pm Family dinner time.

6.45-7.00pm Kids bath time and get ready for bed.

7.00-7.15pm Nurse baby Grace and put her down to sleep.

7.15-7.45pm Nathan usually has a little bit of TV time before bed.

7.45-8.00pm Bedtime story for Nathan and kiss goodnight.

8.00-9.00pm Laundry or preparations for meal or activities for the next day

9.00pm onwards I have a little wind down time with some blogging, reading, watching a little telly before starting work on my Early Childhood Education assignments and outstanding paperwork for my Family Day Care. I try to hit the sack by 11.00pm but often don’t get to sleep until around midnight or 1.00am.


And that’s a glimpse into my typical day in my family day care! Hope you found this interesting and insightful.

This is an exciting new venture I am embarking on to set up my own family day care. Throughout this journey, I will be sharing about this project, the application process, what I’ll be learning from the training courses, my home set up, craft and activity ideas and other related bits and pieces. Through this, I hope to support and connect with other fellow day care educators and also perhaps provide a little more awareness and insight for parents (and parents-to-be) on the set up and running of a family day care. You can follow along my updates on my blog under the family day care tag.


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  1. That is just hectic, Serene! I used to be a primary school teacher for Year 4 and I always heard people mistakenly saying that teaching or handling younger kids is so much easier as they are 'cuter'. Well, wrong!! I sat in Year 1 class for one day and I was exhausted. Younger kids need so much more attention and I just take my hats off to ladies like you who can do it and manage so well. God knows I;m struggle with just 2 sometimes! xx Make Me Up Mandy

    1. Wow! Glad to learn that about your background, Mandy. I definitely have a newfound respect for school teachers now that I've embarked on this new career. Looking after younger kids is definitely challenging, especially from a physical aspect. But I think teaching older kids can definitely tax you mentally.... and I would have no idea how to handle any attitude problems that surface in that age group.

  2. Oh my Goodness Serene ! That is a huge day. You are amazing !

    1. It's pretty tiring at the end of the day... but I like the feeling of having conquered a big, full day at the end of it. Though I'm grateful for any breaks too! :)

  3. What a busy day! I have often considered starting up a family daycare but at the moment with 2 under 3's it just wouldn't be viable :)

    1. It's definitely a challenging but very rewarding career, Amy. With two little ones of your own, it can be challenging. Just enjoy the time with your own little ones for now!

  4. Oh my goodness!!! How do you do it? That sounds full on! You're a very incredible lady to do all that. xx

    1. Hi Jess, it is pretty full on. But you can see that there are little breaks I schedule in the routine throughout the day, like with the TV breaks and naps. Overall each day is both tiring and enjoyable and definitely rewarding :)

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    1. Hi Marsha! Thanks for saying hi and making the connection ^_^
      And I believe we all inspire each other in turn. And I'm enjoying reading about your journey and story on your blog too.


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