In order for your child to be comfortable at BBE they require suitable clothing. Children should arrive at the Centre in clothing suitable for arts and crafts. Your child will need a complete change of clothing in their locker or backpack at all times. Please ensure all your child’s personal belongings are clearly labeled. If your child is toilet training please ensure that they have sufficient clothing changes in case of accidents. All children are encouraged to be part of their own self-help skills with them feeding and dressing themselves to their own level of capabilities.
Centre staff will ensure that children are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions by communicating with parents or guardians regarding specific articles of outdoor clothing needed for their child. Parents or guardians are responsible to supply adequate outdoor clothing for their child.
Children at the Infant and Preschool Centre may not wear necklaces while they are at the Infant/Preschool Centre. This includes, but is not limited to, teething necklaces and costume or play necklaces. Staff will ask parents or guardians to remove necklaces from children, or the staff will remove the necklace and place it in your child’s locker. Necklaces pose a strangulation risk if they catch on a piece of furniture, hook, or other object. Many necklaces also have small pieces that can break off and pose a choking hazard.
Toys from home should stay at home except for soft security toys used for nap or as requested by your child’s room. BBE cannot guarantee the safety of toys from home. These toys often get lost, traded or broken causing unnecessary upset. If a child does bring a toy from home, they will be asked to put that toy in their locker/backpack until they are picked up and taken home. Toys that depict violence such as guns and swords are not permitted. If your child wishes to bring a special item from home to show it to other children, speak with the staff to identify a time such as show and tell when the item can come to the Centre.
Lost and Found
A lost and found box is located in the Infant/Preschool Centre. In June and December any unclaimed articles will be washed and given away or used as spare Centre clothing. Please label all of your child’s clothing. Items found at the School Age Centre are sent to the school’s lost and found.
What to Bring to the Centre
Indoor and outdoor footwear (e.g. flat bottom shoes, non-marking runners, sandals with backs)
Insulated lunch kit with freezer pack if not in lunch program
Extra set of clothing including underwear
Winter - Warm jacket, snow pants, 2 pairs of gloves or mittens, hat, neck warmer (preferable to scarves).
Spring - Splash pants, rain coat and rubber boots.
Summer - Cool clothing, bathing suit and towel.
Fall – Wind proof jacket, splash pants, sweater, light toque/hat, light gloves/mittens.
Infant and Preschool Programs:
Diapers and accessories (e.g. diaper cream, powder, wipes)
Fever reducing medication (infants only)
For children under 12 months: bunting bag/Sleep sac
For children over 12 months: A light blanket, stuffy, special soft item,
Sun hat with ties-appropriate to age
Muddy Buddy in Spring and Fall