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Kindergarten Kickoff: Parent's Ultimate Checklist for the First Day!

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Preparing for your child's first day of kindergarten is an exciting and important step. Here's a comprehensive list to help parents be well-prepared for this special day:

1. School Supplies:

  • Backpack

  • Lunchbox

  • Water bottle

  • Extra set of clothes (including underwear and socks) – accidents happen ☹

  • Supplies from the teacher list

2. Paperwork:

  • Completed enrollment forms

  • Emergency contact information

  • Medical information and any required medications

3. Clothing:

  • Velcro or easy-to-fasten shoes

  • Jacket or sweater (sometimes rooms are cold from A/C)

4. Snacks and Lunch:

  • Nutritious snacks and lunch (if not provided by the school)

  • Check if the school has any specific guidelines or restrictions on food

5. Transportation:

  • Plan for transportation to and from school before the first day to arrive/pick-up on time

  • If applicable, coordinate with bus services or carpool arrangements

6. Comfort Items:

  • A small comfort item like a stuffed animal or blanket (if allowed)

  • A sweet note or family photo in the backpack

7. Health and Safety:

  • Ensure all vaccinations and health records are up to date

  • Provide any necessary medications and clear instructions to the school nurse

  • Teach your child basic hygiene practices (handwashing, using tissues, etc.)

8. Communication:

  • Exchange contact information with other parents for playdates and emergencies

  • Establish communication channels with the teacher (email, app, etc.)

9. Emotional Preparation:

  • Talk to your child about what to expect on the first day

  • Read books about starting kindergarten (like The Smart Pig Goes to School!)

  • Address any fears or concerns your child might have

10. Schedule:

  • Establish a morning routine to ensure a smooth start

  • Plan for adequate sleep and wake-up times

11. Special Considerations:

  • If your child has allergies, communicate this to the school and provide necessary accommodations

  • If your child has any specific needs, communicate them with the school in advance

12. Miscellaneous:

  • Tissues or wipes

  • Sunscreen (if necessary)

  • Any required school-specific items (uniform, art supplies, etc.)


  • Arrive early to allow time for settling in

  • Be patient and supportive, especially if your child is nervous

  • Take photos to capture the moment

  • Leave contact information with the teacher and be available in case of emergencies

Remember, the first day of kindergarten is a big step for both you and your child. Approach it with excitement and positivity, and don't forget to celebrate this milestone!

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