Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Creating Routines

Creating Routines

At Limeside, we recognise the significance of routine and consistency in providing a sense of security for all our pupils. As parents, you play a crucial role in establishing these routines. Here's a guide to help:

Morning Routines:

A well-planned morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. This can include waking up, getting dressed, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, and preparing for school. Depending on your child's needs, it might be beneficial to add in a short activity to help them wake up, such as a bit of light exercise or some quiet reading.

After-School Routines:

A consistent after-school routine is equally important. Allocate time for a snack, relaxation, homework, playtime, and organised activities. Be sure to incorporate breaks as well.

Bedtime Routines:

Establishing a calming bedtime routine can significantly help your child wind down and get a good night's sleep. This could include activities like taking a bath, brushing teeth, reading a story, or perhaps some relaxation exercises.

Visual Schedules:

Visual schedules can be particularly effective in helping children with SEND understand and follow routines. They provide a clear, visual representation of what to expect, reducing anxiety and improving independence.

Here is a basic template that you can customise according to your child's needs:

  • Morning:
    • Wake Up
    • Brush Teeth
    • Get Dressed
    • Breakfast
    • Prepare for School
    • Leave for School
  • After School:
    • Return Home & Unpack
    • Snack Time
    • Relaxation/Break
    • Homework/Study Time
    • Play/Free Time
    • Dinner Time
  • Bedtime:
    • Bath Time
    • Brush Teeth
    • Bedtime Story/Relaxation Activity
    • Sleep

This is just a basic template. Please feel free to adapt it to suit your child's specific needs.

Remember, routines take time to establish. Start by introducing one part of the routine at a time, and once your child gets used to it, gradually add more. Be patient and flexible, and praise your child's efforts to help them build confidence.