Philosophy: To ensure that children are comfortably, and appropriately dressed while at the centre.
Legislation: Work Health Safety Act 2011, Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011, Education and Care Services National Regulations.
Children’s Needs: Protective, comfortable and appropriate clothing and footwear to explore their environments.
Parents Needs: Clear policies and procedures to follow.
Educators Needs: To be aware of follow the policies and procedures set out by management.
Management Needs: To make clear policies and procedures
Clothing needs to protect children from injury and sun exposure while promoting self help abilities. Appropriate footwear will fit the child’s foot correctly and ensure comfort. Educators will also dress to prevent injury and sun exposure and will be encouraged to dress in a professional and respectful manner.
It is essential for parent’s caregivers to ensure that all clothing and other belongings are clearly labeled.
- Because of the messy nature of play, clothing is likely to become dirty, and parents are required to supply two changes of clothes, including socks, underpants for each child (more if they are toilet training).
- Parents of children who are toilet training are encouraged to dress them in clothing that can be removed easily.
- Children are to wear shoes which are an enclosed shoe or sandal (buckle or Velcro) thongs and clogs are not permitted as they are not safe while running or climbing on equipment.
- Educators will change children if they become wet or dirty and place the wet or dirty clothes in a plastic bag inside the child’s bag.
- Clothes which are wet or soiled with bodily fluids will not be washed at the centre. Educators will place these items in a double plastic bag and place it in the soiled clothes bucket (located in the bathroom) with your child’s name on it. Educators will highlight ‘see educators’ on the attendance sheet as a reminder.
- Educators will encourage children to remove layers during rest times and to reflect the room temperature, as recommended by SIDS and Kids.
- If a child does not have a change of clothes, the centre will endeavour to provide a spare change of clothing, although this is not always possible.
- Educators will respect cultural differences and individual family and educator needs when recommending suitable clothing.
Clothing suitable for outdoor play
- Children must be dressed in T-shirts with sleeves (no singlet tops are allowed) to protect them from the suns UV rays (see sun protection policy).
- In the winter months parents are encouraged to pack a jacket, beanie etc as the weather will not impact on outside play.
- In hot weather educators will remove layers of clothing where necessary to ensure children are cool when playing outside.
- It is essential that all children wear a hat during outdoor play. Each child is allocated a hat pocket (in the bathroom); parents are encouraged to leave a hat at the centre.
- Helmets must be worn while riding the bikes in the outdoor play areas (See providing a safe environment’ policy).
Clothing for Educators
- Educators will be provided with one shirt per year with the centre logo on it. Educators are able to wear bottoms of their choice providing they are clean, tidy and appropriate.
- Educators are required to wear closed in shoes e.g joggers or flat slip on shoes with both the heel and toe closed in at all times throughout the day and in all areas of the centre.
- Educator’s will be provided with a centre hat and will lead by example and wear hats when outside (See sun protection policy).
Clothing suitable for art experiences
- The centre will provide aprons when children are engaging in an art activity.
- Children are encouraged to wear painting aprons during art experiences.
- Parents are encouraged to avoid sending their child in ‘good clothes’ as clothing can often get paint on them.
- Sun Protection
- Providing a safe environment
Source: Education and Care Services National Regulation, NSW Cancer Council
This policy will be reviewed bi-annually