As childcare centers are beginning to reopen, extra precautions like more cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, and personal protective equipment are part of what the ‘new normal’ looks like.

While these may be important measures to take, they do come at a significant financial cost — and when centers are operating with less enrolment, more staff and additional supplies, any financial support from parents  is welcome.

As parents begin to return, now is the perfect time to update supplies lists to include items that help with the new health and safety requirements. By sending a few extra items, parents can do their part to help their center significantly reduce their expenses and prevent more drastic measures like increasing tuition.

See the list below for items that parents can provide centers to help during these challenging times!

Supplies Lists

Cleaning & Protection

  • Paper towel
  • Lysol spray or wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks

Infants

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Teethers
  • Bibs
  • Bottles
  • Food (milk/formula, baby food)
  • Sippy cup
  • Feeding utensils
  • Washcloths
  • Bedding
  • Sleepsack
  • Extra clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Medication

Toddlers

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Underwear
  • Extra clothing
  • Bibs
  • Indoor shoes
  • Sippy cup
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Yoga mat or nap mat
  • Medication

Preschoolers

  • Indoor shoes
  • Extra clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Yoga mat or nap mat
  • Medication

General Tips

Label everything

Make sure that nothing gets mixed up, especially while teachers are trying to keep items separated to prevent cross-contamination.

Keep items organized by activity

This makes it SO much easier to find everything you need when getting ready for an activity.

Keep everything easily accessible in the bag

Try to not have everything piled on top of each other. Ideally, teachers should be able to open the bag and see every item that’s inside at a glance.

BY: MICHAEL KESHEN