Our Back to Nursery Checklist
Whether your child is starting nursery this year or is returning for another year, it will be emotional for them, as well as you. Nursery marks the start of an important chapter in your child’s development, but it can be daunting for new parents and their children. There are a few things parents can do to ease the transition from home to nursery and making sure you pack the essentials is one of them.
1. The BagThe most important thing on your checklist should be a small bag which you can leave with your child in nursery during drop-off time. A mini toddler-sized rucksack that your little one can carry themselves would be perfect.
2. The ClothesAs we know toddlers can get messy, so it’s a good idea to avoid dressing your child in their Sunday best. Your child will most likely be crafting, painting, playing in mud or sand, so it’s important to choose clothes that are comfortable and easy to clean. It’s also a good idea to pack a change of clothes in their bag to cope for inevitable accidents.
3. WaterproofsMany nurseries or preschools like to include an element of outdoor play so a lightweight waterproof coat and welly boots. All inn one rain-suits are ideal and give your little one more freedom while keeping their clothes dry and clean. It’s also a good idea to label your child’s coats, shoes and spare clothes so that you don’t confuse your child’s belonging with another child’s.
4. Lunchboxes and drink bottlesSome nurseries don’t have a kitchen on site so it’s important to pack food that doesn’t need to be heated or cooked, e.g., sandwiches, fruit, or yoghurt. You’ll also need to bring a bottle for your little one, whether it be filled with juice, water, or milk. If your child is young and still drinks milk it might be a good idea to keep some extra bottles at the nursery specially for your child. You can shop our range of bottles here.
Nursery can be stressful for your little one so having their favourite soft toy or blanket can help soothe anxieties. Of course, toddlers are prone to losing their belongings so it might be time to invest in extras. You can find our range of soft toys or educational toys on our website here.
Finally, it is important, above anything else, that your child is safe and having fun with other children and their teachers. For more advice, you can always ask your child’s nursery staff or fellow parents that have had children in preschools or nursery.