You need this at the day care
These are things you should leave at the day care (remember to label everything!):
Read more here.
How to dress your child
For the one year-olds winter can be an ordeal. With large, thick snow suits it is not easy to move, and if you add boots and mittens, it doesn´t get any easier. Here´s some advice on making the outdoors a positive experience for your child:
About the equipment
Label the clothes. All clothing and equipment must be labeled with the child's name. Tags are available in countless varieties online. A highlighter for clothes can also be used. See Navnelapper.no, nordicprint.no, and more, for labels online.
Have extra outfits in your child's "locker". You should have a small selection of bodysuits, t-shirts, tights, underwear, socks, extra trousers and sweaters.
A so-called "parkdress" is wise to have in the early fall and spring season. It is thin and protects clothes below. One can also wear some wool underneath on colder days.
A snow suit is a thicker suit that kids can use when it gets colder.
The snow suit should have:
The snow suit should not have:
Shoes for indoor use
Open, sturdy sandals that are comfortable. Non-slip soles are recommended.
Gore tex shoes are good for outdoor use. If it rains cats and dogs, though, boots are better.
A lunchbox labeled with the child's name. In most nurseries, children are served lunch, while they have to bring breakfast and the afternoon meal. Not all nurseries have their own fruit arrangement, so it is recommended to pack some fruit and vegetables every day.
Equipment for walks
A good comfortable backpack. The day cares often go for walks somewhere and the older children bring their stuff in their own backpacks. They should therefore have a good, ergonomic backpack with straps that wrap around the waist.
Drinking bottle that preserves the temperature of the drink, warm or cold.
A thermos with a screw cork is the best. The child might need help opening it, but experience show that these bottles are stronger and last longer. Steel thermoses are recommended as they´re unbreakable.
A foldable seating pad that fits in the backpack is useful. The ones that are attached on the exterior of the backpack can make the child get stuck in branches, etc.
Sources: Økern barnehage, Huginsvei barnehage and barnehage.no
Advice for a good start
12 pieces of advice for a successful kindergarten start:
Is your child only one year old?
It has recently been hotly debated whether or not one year is too early to start kindergarten. Many experts, including the Norwegian expert and author Gro Nylander, believe that children are not done with the attachment phase before they are two years old and that the separation anxiety is at it most intense between 12 and 18 months. In addition, they´re not able to talk or explain themselves and are therefore more vulnerable. Research also suggests that the youngest has a greater stress levels in the first months of kindergarten than those who stay at home.
Here´s some advice from Gro Nylander:
1) Postpone the start date, if you can. A few extra months makes a big difference at that age.
2) Use three weeks instead of three days for the adaptation phase! It's a good way to spend the end of the parental leave. After three weeks the child knows the staff and the other children, he/she knows the routines and games and it will feel far less threatening and painful to be abandoned. Maybe you will even pick up some tips from the staff on how to handle eating, sleeping and "terrible twos" challenges?
3) Limit the time that your child spends at the day care at the beginning: Many parents are good at it, one comes in with the child late, the other pick up the child early. Grandparents and other family members can also help out here.
4) Be there fully for the child from you pick her/him up. Turn off the phone until the child is in bed in the evening. Use a stroller facing you so that you can communicate on the way home. You don´t have to play and be "on" all the time, but be available, loving and attentive the few hours you have together.
Read more here (in Norwegian).
Not all researchers agree that one year is too early, stating that as long as you have an individualized adaptation period for each child, most children will be able to get the confidence they need to take advantage of what the kindergarten has to offer. Read more here.
Many of us feel like we have no choice, due to the date for the distribution of the day care spots or due to the need for two incomes. What can make it easier for the one-year old at day care is if he / she has only one employee - a primary contact - for the first weeks. Here's some advice (in Norwegian) for how the one year-old can thrive in kindergarten.