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What Do you Need for the First Day of Daycare?

The first day of daycare is an important family event, and being prepared with the supplies you need to deliver to the daycare centre will help you and the daycare representatives provide the best care for your child. 

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Whether you are taking your only child to daycare for the first time or have already done this with your older children, the first day of daycare always needs proper planning and execution. Being organised ensures that you and your child feel as comfortable as possible during this experience, and this article will tell you what you need to prepare and do for the first day of daycare.

Ask the daycare centre what you need to bring with you

Many centres provide the supplies children need for their activities during the day. Things like pencils, watercolours, white and coloured paper, crayons, glue, markers, and modelling clay are waiting for children at the centres, so you will not need to worry about them.

However, personal essentials are required, and daycare centres usually provide a list of these items.

Label all the items you send to the centre

The daycare centres deal with tens of children, and labelling all the items you send will prevent your child’s belongings from getting mixed up or confused with those of other children. You can use a permanent marker to write your child’s name on diaper boxes or plastic bags, masking tape for bottles and iron-on clothing labels for clothes, bed sheets and blankets.

Prepare a daily bag and a weekly one

For a smooth first day of daycare, prepare a bag holding the child’s essentials for everyday use and one you can refill weekly or as needed.

You will bring the daily bag each morning to the daycare and take it home with you every evening or afternoon, taking the weekly bag home from the centre each Friday.

This system will help you provide the child with everything required at the centre.


If your child uses nappies, put a large container in the weekly bag. Count eight to ten nappies for each day at the centre and check after the first week if they were enough or if you need to add more. Put a few nappies in the daily bag in case the weekly stock runs out and you cannot refill it from one day to the next. If you use cloth nappies, make sure to include in the weekly bag a re-sealable plastic bag for storing the dirty nappies, as the sooner you wash them, the better they will clean.


Put in the weekly bag a container with wipes that work well for your baby and check if they are enough. The daily bag should contain a smaller package of wipes in case the weekly stock runs out.

For diapers and wipes, you can build the habit of checking every evening if you need to add more to the bag for the next day. Or you can check by phone with the centre’s representatives how many of these consumables have been used per day and write that number down so you can adjust the number of diapers and wipes in the weekly bag. 

Cream that prevents or treats nappy rash

Babies are different, and so are their skin and reaction to diaper rash. That is why it’s imperative to include in the luggage for the first day of daycare whatever cream or ointment you know it’s effective in preventing or treating a potential diaper rash.

Bedding sheets and blankets

If your child’s daycare asks to provide bedding sheets and blankets, pack a set in the bag you take to the centre on the first day and include an extra set in the weekly bag. The set in the weekly bag can stay at the daycare centre and contain a blanket to keep your child warm. Make sure that all bedding sets fit the size of the mattress at the centre. If your child is an infant going for the first time at the daycare and you are worried he might have trouble sleeping, you can pack bedding sheets, blankets and sleeping sack imprinted with your scent. Smelling your scent will soothe the baby and help him sleep better.

Extra clothing

Since you know your baby best, you know how many outfits he uses every day, and that is what you should pack for the first day of daycare.

The weekly bag should contain at least two extra sets of clothing (including socks and hats) that caregivers will use in case accidents happen. In the daily bag, you should also put re-sealable plastic bags for the dirty clothes you will take home at the end of the day. Keep in mind that your child will do a lot of exploration and playing in the most fun ways, and that can have an impact on the clothes, so be sure not to use for daycare clothes that you cannot replace once they get stained by coloured pencils, crayons, watercolours or food.


If your baby still uses pacifiers, you must include them in the luggage for the first day of daycare. They can smooth the child’s transition from the family environment to the daycare setting. Extra pacifiers should also be packed in the weekly bag in case any of them gets misplaced. The pacifiers should be labelled with your child’s name, especially if your little one is crawling or walking.


Bibs are heavily-used items, especially if the baby is teething or happens to burp after every feeding. Your first day of daycare luggage should include small and large bibs to cover all situations that may occur and a plastic bag that the caregivers can use for storing the dirty bibs. Your weekly bag should include some extra bibs in case they are needed.

A favourite stuffed toy

The first day of daycare will surely be exciting for your child, especially if he is a baby, and a cuddly stuffed toy can help him navigate easier this experience more. Check with the daycare if they allow toys from home before putting them in the daily luggage.

Bottles, breast milk and formula

If your child is still on formula or breast milk, check with the daycare representatives how this food should be packed and sent to them. Some daycare centres have cooling storing units to preserve breast milk in proper conditions until used. Others require the pre-measured formula and bottles and prepare it on the spot. 

If your baby is already on solid food, the daycare will most likely provide you with a guideline regarding how the children are fed, what their meals are and if there are any other items you must bring to the centre (such as bowls or cups).

Clarifying all these topics will ensure you are well informed about the child’s feeding at the daycare centre.

The first day of daycare is an important family event, and organising the supplies you need to deliver to the daycare centre will help you and the daycare representatives provide the best care for your child, which is ultimately the most important thing.

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Tanya Vester
Tanya Vester
Our sons attended Bright beginnings early leaning Centre and absolutely loved it. They attended Manuka and Kowhai rooms, and later also Pohutukawa room. The teachers in all three rooms were just SO lovely, caring, attentive and supported their learning journeys and communicated the children’s achievements with us. We are so thankful for the time our kids were able to spend there, and the kids made great memories for life. We highly recommend BBELC to anyone looking for a child care center. We had to leave due to moving overseas and will miss BBELC so much!!!
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
Sukhpreet Singh Mediratta
"I don't think I can express in words the gratitude I feel towards you all. My child, Amrin have learnt so much in your care that will stay with her for life. I believe their fondest memories of childhood will include many of you - I truly hope you are all extremely proud your efforts with our children. Thank you for all the wonderful support and care you have given to my daughter. This Centre is a very special place and she has grown so much in your nurturing, inspiring and challenging environment. You are really helping her to prepare for her school foundation." Actually, this is a second home for Amrin, she started her journey from BBELC, Auckland and will leave for school from here. Thanks to all the teachers, If I start typing the names, the list will be so long. In last especially I should not forget Nikita, who is so understanding and caring towards kids as well as families. Thank you with much love."
Anaru Pui
Anaru Pui
We've had our daughter Waikohu pui in the center for over 1 year now And she has Developed into such a beautiful kind person and has gained some great life skills and experiences thank you to all the teachers for there support and care with our baby girl making life alot easier knowing shes getting great education and Aroha (Love) from all the teachers at her Kura ( school ) thanks again ❤️ from the Pui whanau
Jagroop Kaur
Jagroop Kaur
Teachers are very kind and patient. Also they encourage children to learn in different indoor and outdoor activities. I am so pleased in POHUTUKAWA room the teacher do the school transition program, which is really helpful to the kids enter the primary school in the future. Thanks all teacher who support VIRASAT and other kids there quite well.
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anne dela cruz
We have been with BBELC Hamilton since 2020 during the peak of pandemic and I never doubted to bring my children here knowing that they are on a safe place and the team are all aware of the best health and safety plan to ensure that everyone in the centre are safe. The centre is the BEST for me in terms of CLEANLINESS (the place os very tidy), SAFETY OF CHILDREN (only parents/caregivers can enter the premises on their pin coded door), FRIENDLY STAFF (you will be greeted by a very friendly receptionist, you can talk to the teachers about your concern with your child), OPEN DOOR POLICY (Manager’s door is open all times for parents for any concern or question), NUTRICIOUS FOOD for our kids, SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM (table activities, book reading, sharing with others, simple literacy), MAT TIME IS THE BEST as the kids learn to socialize, listen to teachers, story telling, yoga, dance time, music time,etc. and they also held PARENTS TIME where we can chat with the teacher about our kids, meet other parents, share experiences and strategies, parents gets treat and gift on special occasion like mother’s day and father’s day that will definitely make your day as a parent. And lastly for few years now, my kids have enjoyed their Christmas party where they get gift and enjoy bouncy castle, it’s simple but the experience and memories will be lifetime. THANKS TO ALL THE STAFF AND TEACHERS OF BBELC Hamilton! KUDOS TO ALL YOUR HARDWORK AND DEDICATION. CHEERS TO MANY MORE YEARS OF SUCCESS! - DELA CRUZ Family ( Robb and Reuben)
I love BBELC and my child love it too. As parents ,my husband and I deeply appreciate the staff being friendly ,kind ,patient ,role models and caring .The educators work well with parents to achieve the children’s developmental goals , the manager Leonie and Teachers Mari, Kathryn, Summer and Emma really care about the children and very welcoming. The childcare is secure and this gives us peace of mind in knowing that our little ones are in good hands and safe . The classrooms are clean and nicely decorated. I highly recommend sending your child to this center. It’s become our second home.
BBELC is an awesome environment for my daughter to learn and grow through different types of activities. All the staffs are friendly, supportive and helpful. Highly recommended to all.
Neda Bolouri
Neda Bolouri
A safe, happy and caring place for our children.
Norvega Bantang
Norvega Bantang
Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centre - Hamilton is like a second home to my 2 little girls. They are very supportive of the children’s early learning and individual development. The rooms are spacious, warm and cozy and provide different kinds of resources for the children to explore. My girls are always excited to go to kindy every morning. Since I have also recently become part of this centre, it’s good to know and see for myself how things work in the centre and how very passionate the staff are in looking after every child like they are family. As a parent, it gives me the peace of mind that my children are in good hands and are well taken cared of. Definitely made the right decision to enroll our children here.
Diana Villa-Ignacio
Diana Villa-Ignacio
BBELC is a wonderful centre which caters to quality care and learning of children. We take pride in our relationship with parents , whanau and children having positive environment, open communication, flexibility, catering to children needs and working alongside parent's aspiration for their children. Feel free to come and see our Hamilton centre. We will be happy to show you around and be part of our Bright Beginnings Family.

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