Infant Daily Routine

The infant routine outlines the typical daily flow for children aged six weeks to two years in the Montessori infant community.  It provides a consistent pattern of activities for learning time, meals, rest, and outdoor play. The predictability of the routine helps children to feel secure and positively influences their emotional, cognitive, and social development. The routine is adapted to meet children’s needs, support emerging interests, and nurture the development of each child’s personality and intelligence.

Daily Routine for Ages 0-2

Morning Routine

7:30am – 9am

Centre opens

Morning greeting

Montessori Work Cycle

Mid-Morning Routine

9am – 11:30am

Morning tea

Outdoor play

Group time

Lunch-time Routine

11:30am – 12:00pm

Lunch time


Clean up

Sleep or Rest Time

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Sleep time

Rest time

Quiet activities

Afternoon Routine

2:00pm – 4:30pm

Afternoon tea

Outdoor play

Pack up time

Evening Routine

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Indoor activities

Late afternoon snack

Centre closes

About the Infant Routine

  • The daily routine may be altered to accommodate for seasonal changes, wet weather, and special events
  • Spontaneous groups times occur throughout the day
  • Educators plan learning experiences for each day (these are displayed on the curriculum planning sheets in your child’s classroom)
  • We seek to accommodate each child’s individual eating and sleeping schedule
  • All Montessori Academy childcare centres are sun-safe and allergy aware
  • A record of your child’s day is communicated to you via our family communication app

A Typical Day in the Infant Community

Morning Routine

Montessori Academy opens at 7:30am. Upon arrival, please remember to sign your child in, and place their bag and belongings in their locker. Children need a labelled water bottle, hat, and spare set of clothes each day. If your child attends a non-catered centre, they will also need a healthy packed lunch.

When you are ready to enter the classroom, please knock on the door, and wait for an educator to greet your child. Older children are encouraged to knock on the door once they have been introduced to the Grace and Courtesy Curriculum.

Work Cycle

Once your child enters the classroom they will begin the Montessori Work Cycle. During this time, younger children will interact with their teachers and peers in a small group setting, while older children will choose work from the shelves and work independently.

Educators present lessons to the children, introduce the Montessori materials, and allow them to work with the material at their own pace. Learning is individually paced and based on each child’s developmental needs and interests.

Mid-Morning Routine

Around 9am, children enjoy a nutritious morning tea from a rotating menu of fresh fruit, muffins, cereal, healthy slices, and sandwiches accompanied by milk or water. Younger children will nap according their sleep routine and daily needs.

The children then head outdoors to play and engage in activities that encourage the development of fundamental movement skills. Children learn how to roll a ball, play in the sandpit, engage in collaborative play, chase bubbles, climb, and participate in games, music, and dancing activities.

Group Time

After outdoor play, the infants engage in group time activities centred on children’s interests. These planned activities are documented on the Infant Curriculum Planning Sheets. Planned activities may include a group interest project, art and craft, sustainability, culture, or music and movement. Throughout the day children participate in both planned and spontaneous group time experiences.

Lunch and Rest Time

Around 11:30am, the children settle in for the lunchtime routine. Lunch is a social time, where educators encourage talking about different types of food and table manners. Lunch is also a time to practice skills such as finger feeding and learning how to use a spoon and fork.

After lunch, children sleep or have quiet rest time. The room is darkened and quiet sleep music lulls the children into a restful sleep. Younger children sleep in a cot while older children typically sleep on floor beds. Children who are not yet self-settlers are gently patted to sleep. Each child’s individual sleep routine is accommodated.

Afternoon Routine

Around 2pm children begin to wake up, and afternoon tea is served. Afternoon tea is typically fresh vegetable sticks and dip, sandwiches, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, wraps, fresh fruit, or healthy muffins accompanied by water.

Once children have finished afternoon tea, they proceed outside to play. Children follow their interests, explore the outdoors, and participate in individual and group  experiences that foster the development of social and fundamental movement skills.

Evening Routine

In the late afternoon, from around 4:30pm onwards, children return inside and begin winding down for the day. During this time, children participate in open-ended play, and also have a late snack.

At 6pm, all children have returned home with their families. The childcare centre is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the next day. Throughout the day families will receive updates about their child’s day via our family communication app.