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What does your preschooler need to bring to daycare? Gone are the days when you packed a bag of diapers, wipes, bottles, and pacifiers. Now that your child is at the upper edge of the daycare age groupings, their "school bag" may need to include more than just the basics. If you're not sure what to pack for pre-k, take a look at the questions to ask right now.
Does Your Child Need A Change of Clothes?
Even though your preschooler won't need as many extra items as they did in their younger years, they may still need to bring a change of clothes to childcare. The extra set of clothes should include everything your child will need to wear at school—such as a shirt, pants/shorts, underwear, and socks. Some programs or classrooms may ask parents to send in special clothing items for events or activities. These could include a bathing suit, snowsuit, or an art smock.
Can Your Child Bring Toys From Home?
Most pre-k classrooms include plenty of playthings for the young students to use. But this doesn't mean your preschooler will eagerly part with their beloved bunny or favorite frog friend. If your child has a lovey (a toy that they cuddle for comfort) or a toy they want to show off to their friends, ask the teacher before you pack the item in their school bag.
Should Your Child Bring A Snack?
The answer to this question depends on the daycare program's rules, policies, and meal/snack schedule. If the center provides the students with snacks, you won't have to pack one for your child. But if they don't, and they allow snacks, ask the teacher or the center director what is and isn't allowed. Some schools are nut-free or request that parents limit sugary treats.
Should Your Child Bring Lunch?
Like snacks, some schools provide lunches—while others expect preschoolers to bring in their own mid-day meal. If your child's school doesn't serve meals, your child has allergies/dietary restrictions, or your preschooler refuses to eat what is on the center's menu, talk to the teacher and the program's director about what is/isn't allowed at the lunch table.
What School Supplies Do Preschoolers Need?
Again, the answer to this question depends on the school. The program may provide your child with everything they will need to draw, paint, cut paper for collages, write their ABCs, add their 123s, and more. If you're still not sure whether the teacher expects families to send in school supplies or contribute to a class/community stash of arts and crafts materials, ask for directions.