Princesses and fairy dresses, cartoon imaged t-shirts and runners that light up – children love to dress up and parents love to dress them up too. While clothing is one way for both parents and children to express their culture, individuality and personality, the clothes your child wears to long day care and kinder make a big difference to the quality of their experiences.
What children wear influences their health, safety, comfort, development of independence and well-being. Being dressed appropriately helps children have the ability to move freely and safely, playing and getting creative, it fosters their independence, eases toilet training and helps to form self-identity and feel comfortable within themselves.
To help you make some easy choices when picking the clothes your child wears to childcare, see our Jumbo experts’ tips below to dress for success!
- Easy On-and-Off Footwear
Children need to wear comfortable shoes that fit well to move with ease freely and safely. Shoes with good, flat soles make physical activities, playing and climbing easier. Although they can be rather glamorous, it is a good idea for kids to avoid raised heals!
As children develop independence skills over time, it is recommended that their shoes are easy to take off and put back on without having to be assisted by one of the educators. This helps the child feel empowered and independent. Velcro shoe ties work a treat for little fingers and hands.
- Wear and Tear Clothing
Children benefit from wearing clothing that isn’t for special occasions, but rather for wear and tear. Sensory play, which can be quite messy – including sandpit play, mud kitchen, water games, art and crafts – foster freedom, curiosity, imagination and exploration.
The benefits of messy play outweigh looking fabulous!
Clothing can get dirty with sand, paint, glue, food, water, dirt and more, so wearing threads that aren’t easy to damage supports children’s ability to play independently without fear, limitations and worry. Natural fibers such as cotton are generally more comfortable and breathe better than synthetic ones.
- Season Appropriate Garments
There is a misconception that children are less likely to come down with colds and flu if they stay indoors in heated spaces in winter. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, children spending time inside all day in close proximately to one another is more likely to encourage the spread of infectious germs.
Provided children are rugged up appropriately, playing outside in winter is of benefit to their physical health and overall wellbeing. It is important that children are not over or under dressed, and that their clothing suits the temperature to avoid over heating or becoming chilled.
In winter, pack up a warm coat, beanie, and gloves for your child’s outdoor play. Gumboots are great for puddle jumping too. In the warmer seasons hats, long-sleeved light tops and sunscreen are also a must. Being sun smart is also essential to keep the children safe from the suns damage whilst also getting essential vitamin D.
- Label Your Children’s Clothes
Labeling all clothing items helps to prevent it from being lost or mistakenly taken by another child, and it also assists the educators to identify your children’s belongings to re-dress and pack up at the end of the day. Providing spare changes of clothes will also help the educators throughout the day keep all the children feeling comfortable in the event of toilet accidents, spills or messy play.
It’s no surprise how quickly the lost property box fills up with unlabeled items and how many of those aren’t claimed. If your child has misplaced any of his clothes or belongings at Jumbo, pay us a visit at reception to look into the lost property box.
- Keep Accessories Safe
The design and fit of clothing along with accessories can affect children’s safety. For example, amber teething necklaces, long drawstrings & ribbons can be choking hazards and long hems can cause tripping. Younger children tend to be more vulnerable to accessories related safety hazards.