The Importance of Routines in the Early Childhood Setting

2 Credit Hours

This 2-hour course reviews the what, how, and why of routines and transitions for the classroom. Early childhood practitioners need to encourage children to build healthy and positive routine habits which provide a framework for the child’s day. As a caregiver, we need to begin working with parents and children on the first day of enrollment to support a healthy and independent environment. Routines provide children with consistency and security which assist them through transitions. Routines reviewed in this course include morning/arrival, departure, mealtime, toileting, and sleeping. Course content also includes planning for transitions and over a dozen strategies for transition times throughout the day. The Importance of Routines in the Early Childhood Classroom falls within Interactions, Relationships, and the Environment Competency 3: Identifies factors that contribute to positive interactions with the environment.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • Identifies factors that influence behavior in EC environments.
  • Supports positive behavior in EC environments.
  • Advocates for positive behavior in EC environments.


Your Instructor


Dr. Jen Marks
Dr. Jen Marks

Jen is responsible for monitoring the organization and delivery of curricular and instructional programs offered to participants in the early care and education setting. She has been in the field of education for over 12 years, modeling best practices and creating learning envrionments that push staff and students toward high expectations. Jen's focus lies in building systems within an organization that results in consistent, high level practices across curriculum, instruction, professional development, assessment and staff collaboration. She has deep convictions about providing a rigorous education, and believes it is possible for every teacher and student to be successful when they are given the knowledge, support and resources to implement strategies with fidelity. Dr. Marks wants to collaborate with, support and empower educators so that they may do the same.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
You are eligible to enroll in this course at any time! You must finish all requirements of the course within 7 days of enrollment to earn the course's credit hours.
What if I need additional help during the course?
We are here to help in any way we can! If you have additional questions or need clarification, reach out to one of the course instructors through the contact information they provided in their bio.
Can I use any device to complete the course?
Yes! We recommend using a computer as courses may require you to download and/or complete documents which may use additional apps or technology, but all course content and videos can be viewed on any device.