Creating Schedules and Routines

4 Clock Hours / 0.4 CEUs / $30.00

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Course Description

This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

In this course you will learn how to use schedules to manage your days with young children more efficiently. Learn how to ensure that arrival, toileting, clean-up, mealtime, circle time, resting and sleeping, dressing, and departure routines contribute to children's positive development, and learn how to help children prepare and adjust to changes in their routines.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Creating Schedules and Routines
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. Click to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

The online format includes audio narration in most course sections. Hear this page narrated the way the course sections are:

Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.


NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Creating Schedules and Routines you will be able to describe what a schedule is, how it benefits caregivers and children, and strategies for creating a schedule for an early childhood program; list the reasons why routines are important in children’s lives; identify strategies for turning routines into enjoyable and meaningful learning experiences; and explain the importance of creating a successful circle time experience for children.

Topics covered

  • Planning schedules for early childhood programs 
  • Sample schedules 
  • The importance of routines for young children's development
  • Ways to make young children's arrival, toileting, clean-up, eating, circle time, resting and sleeping, dressing and undressing, and departure routines meaningful and enjoyable
  • Ways to help children prepare for changes in their routines
  • The importance of routines for children with special needs


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

What our students say about Creating Schedules and Routines

"I loved the courses [Safe Baby, Safe Child and Creating Schedules and Routines]. They were very easy to follow and had a lot of information. I also liked how quickly my test were graded and the certificates came in. Thank you for offering such a great training program." - Pearland, Texas

"All I can really say is thank you for offering these courses [Creating Schedules and Routines and Toilet Learningonline. I have learned more taking these classes than I did when going to university. The information given is concise and easy to understand. I love your program." - Rochdale, Massachusetts

"Your courses help me to remember and utilize the basics but they also help put things in perspective. This course in particular has been good because I am a little bit on the disorganized side. The sample schedules are going to help me create a great schedule." - Opelika, Alabama

"Hello everything went well with the course [Creating Schedules and Routines]. I love taking Care Courses, because they are so convenient with my schedule." - St. Louis, Missouri

"Everything went very well. I received my certificate [Creating Schedules and Routines] and was very happy to see that I did well on the quizzes. I believe that the fact that the courses are so well put together and so easy to follow made it possible for me to follow and do well. Thank you for allowing me (a busy wife and mom) to take care of my course obligations in the convenience of my home through Care Courses." - Wyandanch, New York

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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