Themed Based ChildCare Planning with Free Printable

I have been wanting to share this blog with you for a while. I run a home based child care and have been doing so for 24 years. In our centre we love learning through themes. I also love teaching through themes. Themes are easily adaptable for any age since most home based child care centres will have variety of ages. There are many educational benefits to themed based learning and a great way for teachers to base their curriculum planning. I am sharing my themes with you that I use and have used for many years. I divide them to weekly and monthly themes.


January It’s a Brand New Year

  • Happy New Year
  • Winter Animals
  • Nutrition, Health, Hygiene
  • Safety
  • 5 Senses/Groundhog Day

 FebruaryAnimals and Hearts

  • Friendship
  • Valenties
  • Pets
  • Reptiles/Amphibians

MarchGoing Buggy

  • Dinosaurs
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Spring
  • Insects

April A Spring has Sprung

  • Pond Life
  • Sea Life
  • Easter
  • Earth/Planets/Moon
  • Rainforest/Jungle

May – May Flowers

  • Mother’s Day
  • Farm
  • Occupation
  • Transportation

June – Water, Water Everywhere

  • Father’s Day
  • Summer
  • Camping
  • Canada Day

July – Life’s a Beach (for the month of July and August I am usually off one or two weeks for summer holidays. If you are not you can pull a theme from extra theme)

  • The Beach/Vacations
  • Wild Wild West
  • Circus

August – Imagination

  • Pirates
  • Medieval Times
  • Back to School

September – All About Me

  • Alphabet
  • Me I’m Special
  • Families
  • Fall
  • Harvest

October – Going Batty

  • Thanksgiving
  • Octoberfest
  • Halloween
  • Halloween

November – Blustery Days

  • Birds
  • Weather/Remembrance Day
  • Forest Animals
  • Winter Sports

December – It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas

  • Winter
  • Christmas
  • Christmas
  • Christmas

Extra Themes (these are used with other themes through out the year):

  • Emotions
  • Our Body
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Numbers
  • Maners

This is what my Monthly Plan looks like

And this is what My weekly planning looks like

To get your free printable for Monthly Planning go here

Happy Planning


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