Creating a Morning Preschool Routine That Works

There's no denying that getting a preschooler ready for their day can feel a little hectic. When you're dealing with more than one child, plus your own needs, it's easy for your morning routine to feel chaotic. With a handful of easy tips, you can shape a morning preschool routine that works.

Start with a Good Night's Sleep

No matter what your age is, you're going to feel more motivated and behave more reasonably when you sleep well. Preschoolers are no different in that sense, so you can make sure your morning routine gets off to a good start by helping them achieve a good night's sleep. Make sure that your preschooler is getting enough sleep for their age. Try creating a bedtime routine that involves soothing stories and gentle lighting. Getting a good night's sleep also makes it easier for them to absorb information at preschool the next day.

Do Some Evening Prep

If you have a spare 30 to 60 minutes in the evening, use it to do some prep for the morning. This can involve anything from packing lunches and filling out forms to getting their uniform ready and ensuring your car keys are within easy reach. Consider creating a moving task list during busy times of the year as well, such as Christmas and spring. That way, you can stay on top of any additional tasks such as arranging Christmas play outfits.

Have a Set Place for Key Items

You can waste a lot of time in the morning by running around looking for certain items. For example, if your child's shoes are scattered throughout your home rather than being readily available next to the door, you could easily run late just by trying to find them. Ensuring their uniforms, bags, shoes, and any other essentials are always in the same place can save time and make your morning feel more organised. When their morning feels less chaotic, your children are more likely to enjoy the day ahead.

Promote Some Independence

Depending on your little one's age, you may want to incorporate independence into their routine. Doing so can help them feel more confident at school and ease the burden on you a little. For example, let them take charge of brushing their teeth, combing their hair, and putting their shoes on. Spend a little time praising them for these tasks too so that they feel independent at school also. 

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