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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 11:00 AM   1
SarahBear
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How much recess do 5 year olds get at your child's school?


We call the year in school different things in different countries, but where you are, how much recess do 5-6 year olds get?

I am considering sending my daughter to public school next year and I found an old schedule for kindergarten on their school website (nothing really seems to be updated on there). It's an all day kinder from 8:15 to 2:50. First recess is only 10 minutes and then they get a half hour for lunch and recess combined. I remember getting 15 minutes at first recess in elementary school. Lunch and recess were separate and there was at least a half hour just to play. It seems that we're teaching kids bad habits with eating and not giving them enough time to play. Does this schedule seem unreasonable to you?



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 13:37 PM   2
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My son’s primary school in NZ is years 1-8, so ages 5 to 13ish. They start at 8:55am and finish at 3pm. They have morning tea from 10:30-10:50, then ‘brain break’ from 11:50-12pm, then lunch from 1pm-1:55pm.

Brain break is not something every school here does, the reason they start at 8:55 and not 9 is so they can have this little extra break for a snack and quick play. It’s awesome as it means they’re never going more than 1.5 hours without a break. Lunch is later in the day which works great since research shows kids work better in the mornings.

Are you saying kids there only have 40 minutes break all day?!!



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 13:51 PM   3
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That's what the schedule shows... Now it could possibly be misleading. As an autism consultant for the schools around here, I have observed the first grade and they start their day in the gym which doesn't show on the schedule. Perhaps there are additional breaks worked into the day that are not reflected in the schedule. However, it still seems like hardly anything... And only a half hour to eat and play just isn't enough, especially if we're trying to encourage healthy habits.



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 13:53 PM   4
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Ours do 8.55am to 3.30pm.

They have 15 mins playtime at 10.45am.

Lunch time is an hour long. They usually spend about 15 mins eating and 45 mins playing.

Afternoon playtime is 2.15pm for 15 mins.

Playtime is always outside unless raining heavily.



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 14:13 PM   5
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That doesn’t seem like very long for lunch. As an adult I had a couple of jobs where I only had 30 mins for lunch and I found it hard to fit in eating, peeing and socialising, so I can imagine it wouldn’t seem long enough for an active kid.

Our kids lunch/breaks here are always outside unless raining heavily too. Kids here have to take a packed lunch so they eat outside too and aren’t sitting in a cafeteria or anything for that time.



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 14:43 PM   6
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My son's school day is 9am-3pm and they get 20 minutes break in the morning, I'm unsure how long lunch is but I remember it being around 30-45 minutes.



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 14:56 PM   7
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My Daughter is in Reception which is believe is the same as Kindergarten in the US. She starts at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm. They have morning playtime from 10.15-10.30, an hour for lunch from 12-1 and then afternoon playtime from 2.15-2.30. On top of that , they have morning and afternoon snack time which lasts around 10 mins. I think that is reasonable for a child my Daughter's age and I think that is pretty similar to other schools in the UK. I know in KS2 (age 7/8 onwards) they drop the afternoon play time.

I wouldn't be happy at all for half an hour lunch including time to play. The poor kids will get indigestion from eating so quick!



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 15:28 PM   8
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I meet with the principal and kinder teacher next week... I'll have to ask about the schedule.



 
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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 15:43 PM   9
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NHS guidelines:
Guidelines for 5- to 18-year-olds
To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do:
at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
on three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as push-ups, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping and running.
I rely on my child's playtime (recess) to give the majority of this exercise!



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Old Feb 20th, 2018, 16:30 PM   10
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That's another point. You have to think your child will be doing things like P.E, maybe drama etc to break up the day too.
I can only speak for our school but they are most definitely not just sat at a desk all day.



 
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