Routines for Children are Important


Sticking to a routine during times of change and times of uncertainty is important. Parents may find the following, supportive in helping to maintain routines with their children.

  • If possible, find a time every day to talk about the importance of good hygiene. Teach them the essentials of practicing physical distancing.

  • Where you can, have a daily routine. Create a shared timetable with your family and put it up on the fridge where everyone can see.

  • Over the school holidays, structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are still an important part of keeping children happy and healthy.

  • Include things like outside time, play time, free time on technology, creative time and learning time.

  • It is okay to be flexible and respond to the needs and emotional state of your child.

Keep talking

  • Find out what your child already knows or is worried about. It’s important to find out if they have heard incorrect information.

  • Ask questions that don’t have yes or no answers.

  • If your child asks you something and you don’t know the answer, say so. Use the question as a chance to find out together.

  • If your children don’t seem interested or don’t ask a lot of questions, that’s okay.

  • Let them know that we're all going to keep listening and talking.


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