Use this list to help make sure little ones have everything they need while they’re with another caregiver.


  • You might hang up this checklist on your front door as a reminder of what to have on hand each time you drop off your child.
  • If older children will be spending time with a caregiver, you might ask them for help packing their things to get them excited for their time in care. You can build independence by giving them a choice between changes of clothing to bring, and offer comfort by letting them pick out a special stuffed animal or book to keep them company while they’re away from you.


  • You might keep copies of each child’s list in folders or cubbies to refer to throughout the day, and to remind parents of anything they should bring more of next time.