COVID-19 Childcare Supplies List for Parents

As childcare centers are beginning to reopen, extra precautions like more cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, and personal protective equipment are part of what the ‘new normal’ looks like. 

While these may be important measures to take, they do come at a significant financial cost — and when centers are operating with less enrolment, more staff and additional supplies, any financial support from parents  is welcome.

As parents begin to return, now is the perfect time to update supplies lists to include items that help with the new health and safety requirements. By sending a few extra items, parents can do their part to help their center significantly reduce their expenses and prevent more drastic measures like increasing tuition.

See the list below for items that parents can provide centers to help during these challenging times!

Supplies Lists

Cleaning & Protection

  • Paper towel
  • Lysol spray or wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Facial tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges
  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks

Infants

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Teethers
  • Bibs
  • Bottles
  • Food (milk/formula, baby food)
  • Sippy cup
  • Feeding utensils
  • Washcloths
  • Bedding
  • Sleepsack
  • Extra clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Medication

Toddlers

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Underwear
  • Extra clothing
  • Bibs
  • Indoor shoes
  • Sippy cup
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
  • Yoga mat or nap mat
  • Medication

Preschoolers

  • Indoor shoes
  • Extra clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Yoga mat or nap mat
  • Medication

General Tips

Label everything

Make sure that nothing gets mixed up, especially while teachers are trying to keep items separated to prevent cross-contamination.

Keep items organized by activity

This makes it SO much easier to find everything you need when getting ready for an activity.

Keep everything easily accessible in the bag

Try to not have everything piled on top of each other. Ideally, teachers should be able to open the bag and see every item that’s inside at a glance.


What are other items can parents provide to help their center? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Keshen

Michael is the Content Manager at HiMama, with over 7 years of online content publishing experience. He is the current editor in chief for HiMama's early childhood education blog and ECE Weekly newsletter. When not developing content for early childhood professionals, he can usually be found out and about with his wife and daughter exploring all that Toronto has to offer, or playing music with his karaoke band.

3 comments

  • Katie Schultz says:

    This is completely unnecessary and unfair to parents. While I agree that upping tuition or adding a fee is not ideal, I think my parents would rather pay a little extra every week than have to search out gloves or hand sanitizer to bring to child care.

  • Imma Martella says:

    I think they should be supplying items. They do it in JK and SK. And parents are very receptive and feel involved when you ask for things. It’s not like you are using the things on other children. It’s their child so they should. It probably reassures them as well that nothing is shared and their child have they’re own things.

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