What do I Need to Bring to Nursery?
Making a decision to send your child to a nursery is never easy. You may need childcare for work commitments, or you may wish your child to socialise with other children of their own age outside of the family home. Whatever your reasons, the process of choosing childcare can seem quite overwhelming.
It’s actually happening. Your little one is off to nursery. If you’re feeling a little nervous or anxious about leaving your child at nursery for the first time, then having as much information as possible before their first day can help to alleviate some of your worries.
To help you prepare for your child’s first day, we have provided a list of things you need to bring to nursery.
Your child will need to bring a bag nursery to store all of their belongings. You can take this bag home every night, or you can feel free to leave it at the nursery if nothing further needs adding. Your child will have a coat peg at the nursery where you can leave their bag, coat and any other belongings.
2. Nappies, Wipes & Creams
If you have a young child who is not yet toilet trained, it’s important that we have a stock of any items you use at home. We’re happy for you to bring whole packs of nappies and wipes to nursery, eliminating the need to bring in extras each day. We label your child’s packs of nappies and wipes with their name and store them in the nappy changing areas.It is also helpful to provide us with any creams that you would like your child to have applied whilst at nursery. These can be applied as and when required.
All children, including babies, access the outdoors every day. Whilst time outdoors may be reduced due to inclement weather, they will still go out in the rain. Therefore, it is important that children have the appropriate clothing to do so.
4. Outdoor Shoes/Wellies
It is important that all children, including those who may not yet be walking, have a pair of outdoor shoes. These will be used when the children go out into the garden.Wellies are great for use in wet weather and can be removed or changed when the children come indoors. Many of our parents provide their children with a set of nursery wellies that remain at the nursery at all times.
5. Spare Sets of Clothes
You may have thought that your child went through so many clothes changes when at home; however, our commitment to fun and engaging activities often results in ‘mess’. Please ensure that you bring at least 3 spare changes of clothes in their nursery bag, as we cannot promise they will return home in the clothes they arrived in!
For those children who have just started toilet training, more spares will need to be provided.
6. Sun Cream & Sun Hat
Parents are asked to bring in their own sun cream for their child when at nursery. This removes any issues that may occur with sensitive skin or allergic reactions. Please ensure that you keep some sun cream in your child’s bag, as the sun can sometimes make an unexpected appearance. In addition to this, please ensure that your child has a sun hat to protect them when outdoors in hot weather.
7. Extra Underwear
If your child is toilet training, it is likely that they may have accidents whilst at nursery. Staff will be happy to support any toilet training needs at nursery. Please ensure that there are sufficient spare changes of underwear or clothing if your child is going to be toilet training while at nursery.
Some children may wear slippers when indoors at home. We are happy for children to wear slippers indoors if they find this more comfortable; however, for children who are walking we advise slippers with a rubber sole to avoid any slips or accidents.
9. Comfort Item
Having a reminder from home can provide children with the much needed reassurance they need when starting at nursery. This may be a soft toy, dummy, blanket or other familiar item. To avoid losing or forgetting the item when collecting, some parents have purchased a separate like-for-like item that can remain at the nursery.
10. Any Necessary Medication
We understand that there may be times when children will require medication when at nursery. Please ensure that if your child needs access to medication whilst at nursery that this is made available. Please ask to see our Medication and Pain Relief Policy for more information.
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