How to Prepare your Child for Child Care
Before Starting Care
  • Make as many visits as you can with your child to meet to me and the other children in order to help your child become more familiar with their new setting

  • For older children, talk about the child care program, the people there, and what they’ll do throughout the day

  • If attending child care requires a new schedule (e.g., waking up earlier, eating breakfast at a different times), begin this new routine several days before starting care, to make the transition easier for your child


Drop off all required supplies prior to your child's first day. All supplies must be labeled with your child's name. You will be required to provide the following items:

  • 1 complete change of clothing 

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • Diaper cream

  • 2 bottles

  • Milk (Breast / Formula / Homogenized / 2% )

  • Soother (if required for sleeping)

  • Sleeping Sack

  • Non-slip indoor slipper (i.e.: Robeeze)

  • Baby Tylenol / Advil

  • Epi-pen / special medication (if required)

  • Any specialty foods or drinks


During First Day

  • Work with your child care provider on a plan for your departure when dropping off your child during first few days/weeks

  • Ideally, I like to transition childcare gradually (e.g., on the first day, take your child for an hour or so and then leave together; over the next few days, stay for several hours)

  • As your child becomes more comfortable, gradually increase their time in care until your child reaches a full day

  • Let your child know ahead of time that you will be going to work and when you will be back (e.g. after nap time)

  • Do your best to pick up your child at the time you said you would

  • Transitions may also be stressful at pick-up time, and your child may express different emotions when you arrive (this is a normal part of getting used to child care)