What to Bring / What to Wear

What to Bring / What to Wear

1.  FOOD

BREAKFAST

We know that children sometimes have difficulty finishing their breakfast before an early arrival. If you’d like to set up breakfast food for your child before you leave the school in the morning, you may do so. Please keep in mind that in the interest of starting our morning program as scheduled for children over two years old, we must put away breakfast food by 8:30 am. Be sure to arrive in time for your child to finish.

LUNCH

Send foods prepared as you’d like them served to your child. Fruits, meats, and other foods should be cut so as to prevent choking. Use microwave-safe containers if you’d like us to heat any foods that you include. We’ll serve our own milk and juice, or you can send your own if you prefer. Children under two years are served whole milk; those over two are served 2% milk. Infant formula is provided by parents. We have microwave ovens in the classrooms and can heat up foods sent in microwave-safe containers.

SNACKS AT SCHOOL

We provide a morning and afternoon snack that consists of at least one (1) serving of milk each day and a snack food such as crackers or pretzels. We stock 10-12 varieties. These snacks should be seen as a supplement to your child’s daily milk and carbohydrate requirements. We regret that we do not have the staff resources to serve fresh foods like fruit.

EVENING SNACK

We provide a morning and afternoon snack consisting of milk or water with crackers or other low sugar snack foods. If you’d like to give your child an additional snack before leaving the school or on the way home, pack it separately so that we know to save it.

NOTES REGARDING FOOD BROUGHT FROM HOME – Our NAEYC Standards Require That:

  • Parents bring lunch each day and place it in the refrigerator when they arrive.
  • All food brought from home must be in a lunch bag labeled with the child’s name.
  • Lunch brought from home should meet the guidelines of the Child and Adult Care Food Program for the types of foods and portion sizes. We are required to remind you of children’s requirements to have good nutrition and healthy meals. We maintain information on nutritional guidelines and are happy to supply it to you upon request.
  • Please send food that is cut or peeled the way you would like it served to your child.
  • For Infants, food should be cut into pieces no larger than ¼ inch square.
  • For Toddlers/Twos, we may not serve pieces larger than ½ inch square, according to each child’s chewing and swallowing capability.
  • We cannot serve the following foods to children younger than four (4) years old:
      • Hot dogs, whole or sliced into rounds,
      • Whole grapes,
      • Nuts,
      • Popcorn,
      • Raw peas,
      • Hard pretzels,
      • Spoonfuls of peanut butter,
      • Chunks of raw carrots
      • Meat larger than can be swallowed whole.
  • Food brought from home for sharing among the children must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers, or
  • Baked goods may be made at home if they are fully cooked, do not require refrigeration, and were made with freshly purchased ingredients.
  • There must be enough for all the children.
  • They must be prepared and transported in a sanitary fashion, including maintenance of safe food temperatures for perishable items.

BREAST MILK – The School is very supportive of breastfeeding with its the many documented benefits.

  • We will accept, appropriately store, and serve expressed human milk for feedings; and
  • Human milk should be brought to School in ready-to-feed sanitary containers labeled with your infant’s name and date; and
  • We can store it in the refrigerator for no longer than 48 hours (or no more than 24 hours, if the breast milk was previously frozen) or in the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below for no longer than three (3) months; and
  • Staff will gently mix, not shake, the milk before feeding to preserve special infection-fighting and nutritional components in human milk; and
  • We have a rocking chair in the Infant Room that we hope you will find comfortable, if you choose to feed your baby at School. Please let us know how we can assist you.

FOOD ALLERGIES

  • We’ll ask for a Special Care Plan prepared in consultation with family members, your child’s health provider, and the specialists involved in your child’s care.
  • The school will make every attempt to protect children with food allergies from contact with the problem food. We will ask that you give consent for posting information about your child’s food allergy in the food preparation area and in the areas of the facility your child uses so it is a visual reminder to all those who interact with your child during the Program day.
  • We will ask you to review a listing of the foods the school provides for snacks and give your consent for those foods that are permitted.
  • It may be necessary for you to supplement our snacks with those you’d like provided to your child.

OTHER FOOD RESTRICTIONS

  • You may have a number of reasons for controlling the types of food your child consumes at School. These could be religious, dietary or cultural preferences. The school is not equipped to supply the possible variety of food restrictions. If you have food preferences not met by our snack offerings:
  • We will ask you to review a listing of the foods the school provides for snacks and give your consent for those foods that are permitted.
  • It may be necessary for you to supplement our snacks with those you’d like provided to your child.

2.  CHANGE OF CLOTHING

Please bring two entire changes of clothing, labeled with your child’s name, appropriate to the season (including socks) in a labeled bag.

3.  BLANKET FOR NAPS AND REST

Because of the length of our Program day, all children have a rest or nap time in their daily schedule:

-Kindergarten-aged children have a one (1) hour rest time each day, when we do “quiet” activities.

-Children younger than Kindergarten have a naptime in their schedule each day. The children nap on their own Texteline cots, marked with their name, and raised off the floor.

-A crib-sized blanket works best for nap. We provide fresh cot sheets weekly or more often as necessary.

-Infants have cribs and may use an optional sleep sack if you wish. Young Toddlers who are not yet ready for a cot, have portable cribs.

4.  TOYS

Because the school is well-equipped, it isn’t necessary to bring toys from home. However, we recognize that a transitional object sometimes helps children feel secure. We ask that you limit your child to one item per day, and that guns, knives, and super-hero paraphernalia that encourage aggression be left at home. Some examples of appropriate items that we prefer for quiet time are soft stuffed animals, soft toys, and books. The chosen item needs to stay in your child’s cubby box until quiet-time and will be returned to the cubby at the end of quiet-time. If you have any questions about specific items, please ask the classroom Teachers. We cannot be responsible for items brought from home. Labeling with your child’s name helps to prevent loss.

5.  MEDICATIONS

We will store and administer medications as needed according to the policies discussed under Health, Medications, Illness, and Injuries. You may want to keep Tylenol or other over-the counter-medications, available at the school. We are permitted to administer only medication provided by you, accompanied by Physician’s Standing Orders or a prescription label, your permission in writing, and labeled with your child’s name.

6. DIAPERS

Parents are responsible for providing diapers and wipes as per your child’s classroom procedures. If a child is using disposable diapers, they must use only commercially available disposable diapers or pull-ups. If children use cloth diapers, the diapers must have an absorbent inner liner completely contained within an outer covering made of waterproof material. Both the diaper and the liner will be changed as a unit. Children who use cloth diapers must provide an individual, labeled hands-free, lidded diaper pail for their personal use. Their parents, guardians or care givers must empty the pail and take home the soiled diapers at the end of every day for laundering.

7.  SEASONAL ITEMS

SUMMER:

  • Dishwasher safe water bottle
  • Swim suit/”Little Swimmers” diapers
  • Water shoes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen (clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name)
  • Appropriate footwear (sneakers work best for all of the outdoor/physical activities we do on a daily basis. Flip-flops and crocs are not recommended.)

WINTER:

  • Hat/gloves/mittens/scarf
  • Snow pants
  • Snow boots

* To prevent loss, all clothing and other personal items should be labeled.*

WHAT TO WEAR

Children should wear comfortable, washable clothing that can get dirty as they go about their work and play. Our educational philosophy results in lots of hands-on involvement with materials such as paint, clay, sand, dirt, and water. In addition, allowing children the freedom to develop independence in eating skills can result in soiled clothing. Although we use washable paints and markers and try not to soil clothing, we cannot be responsible for clothing stains or damage.

Children should have outerwear suited to the weather every day. We try to go outdoors almost everyday, even if only for a few minutes in extreme temperatures. We like to go out in the snow and may even take a walk in the rain on very warm days.

In winter, remember to bring easy-to-manage snow pants and boots. Mittens should be attached to jackets (those with Velcro closures at the wrist stay on best).

In summer, send bathing suits and towels for fun in the sun and water.

Be sure to have a change of clothing appropriate to the season in case of getting wet.

Remember to label ALL personal items.

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