First Day at Reggio Emilia

At Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centres, we know that the first day of any schooling is stressful, both for the child and the parent. That's why we have a tried and tested routine to help everyone settle in as quickly as possible. Orientation Visits As part of your enrolment at Reggio Emilia, we encourage families to bring their child into our centre for 2 orientation visits prior to their first day. This allows for your child to become familiar with their new surroundings, meet their educators and peers. It also allows the child (and you) to gain an understanding of routine for the day. Orientation visits also allow families to provide any important information to their child’s educators prior to commencement. This includes: individual routines allergies, medical conditions food preferences personal traits and any other information that may be important You will also get the chance to discuss your expectations. Please contact the centre prior to your child’s commencement to arrange a suitable time and day for orientation visits.

First Day at our Centre

Preparing for the first day at our child care centre

First Day at Our Centre

• On your child’s first day, bring your child into their enrolled classroom
• If possible, it’s best to make your child’s first day at the centre shorter than usual. This will help to ensure a smooth and happy transition.
• An Educator from your child’s room will welcome you and your child and introduce you to the other Educators & children
• Allow your child some time to stand and watch. They may not feel ready to join in straight away and will need to do so at their own pace.

The Educator will show you:

• Where to put your child’s bag
• KIOSK sign in/out
• Parent Communication Book
• Information Areas
• Kinderloop sign in/out

What to bring

What to bring

  • Changes of spare clothing suitable for both warmer and cooler months
  • Spare changes of underwear (please allow for more changes if your child is toilet training)
  • Sun hat
  • Backpack
  • Enclosed Shoes – no thongs or open toed shoes are allowed
  • Drink bottle

For our younger children

  • Milk Bottles (either empty or filled with sterilised water)
  • Comforter for sleep time i.e Blanket
  • Dummy (stored in a small plastic container with your child’s name clearly labelled)
  • Formula divided out into individual servings
  • For children with sensitive skin, you may need to provide your own nappies/wipes
  • Nappy Rash Cream which needs to have a Chemist Label with your Child’s full name
  • Cot sized sheet (no pillows as this is a SID’s risk)