Daycare.com Forum Daycare Management Software

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-26-2011, 02:38 AM
robinbird's Avatar
robinbird robinbird is offline
New Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 1
Default Storage Solutions For Naptime Items

I work in a 3 year old daycare room with 20 children. Each child is assigned a cubbie for their extra clothes, back pack, coat, lunch, and nap supplies. The cubbies are not big enough to accommodate all these items (some children have sleeping bags, pillows, and mats) There are no restrictions given by the daycare and no standard issue items. We encourage the children to put their own items away after nap time. We have been trying to come up with an additional storage solution that is both accessible and sanitary, AND works with our limited space. Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-26-2011, 02:44 AM
Michael's Avatar
Michael Michael is online now
Admin & Owner-Daycare.com
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Moorpark CA, Ocean Ridge, FL
Posts: 7,699
Default

Welcome to the Daycare.com Forum! I've upgraded your status. You can post freely now. Here are some threads on storage: http://daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=storage
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-26-2011, 08:47 AM
MissAnn's Avatar
MissAnn MissAnn is offline
Preschool Teacher
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,210
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by robinbird View Post
I work in a 3 year old daycare room with 20 children. Each child is assigned a cubbie for their extra clothes, back pack, coat, lunch, and nap supplies. The cubbies are not big enough to accommodate all these items (some children have sleeping bags, pillows, and mats) There are no restrictions given by the daycare and no standard issue items. We encourage the children to put their own items away after nap time. We have been trying to come up with an additional storage solution that is both accessible and sanitary, AND works with our limited space. Any suggestions?
I have a cubbie for their belongings

the nap mats with sheets on go in garment bags hung up in the closet (I don't zip it because the bag next to it is plastic.....so no cross contamination and this make it that much easier)

The kids pack their own blankets into a reusable Walmart bag. The bags go on the floor under the garment bags.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-27-2011, 08:38 PM
Abigail's Avatar
Abigail Abigail is offline
Child Care Provider
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 2,414
Default

Do you have a picture you could show us? I love seeing pictures. I will have cubbies soon but they will only be for items that come and go daily. I want to get a dresser and put baskets in all the drawers to store extra clothes for the kids because they will not be needed often and honestly kids don't need to have access to their spare clothes. Without knowing what your cubby area looks like, it is hard to give more advice. See what is necessary to keep in the cubbies and if you're able to build up or move another shelf unit into the area. Maybe try to custom build a storage unit that will fit your mats and blankets.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-28-2011, 11:16 AM
Hunni Bee's Avatar
Hunni Bee Hunni Bee is offline
False Sense Of Authority
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Over the Rainbow...
Posts: 2,314
Default

I have the exact same problem. What I have had to do is over the years, collect cast off crib sheets and baby blankets. This is a low income area, so many of the children come without their own nap supplies, or they bring whatever the parent has at home, which is sometimes large throws, etc. I just store it away and use my own stuff, which is easier to wash and fits in their cubbies.

I would ask the parents would it be possible for them to provide a crib sheet and a small blanket, instead of the large sleeping bags, pillows, etc. As for the mats, tie each one up in a heavy duty garbage bag and store them in a nearby closet if possible.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-28-2011, 12:12 PM
DCMom's Avatar
DCMom DCMom is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 874
Default

I have a cubby/hook system for the coats and extra clothes, but for the blankets and such I use a 16 section cabinet near my the entrance door. For the most part it is just their blankets and small pillow. It's naptime right now, so it looks empty After nap, when everything is back in their spaces, I turn it to the wall so the littles don't pull them all out!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg daycare.jpg (26.1 KB, 25 views)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-28-2011, 01:00 PM
SimpleMom's Avatar
SimpleMom SimpleMom is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 590
Default

I have the stackable cubbies (plastic type). The extra clothes go in there as well as nap time things. When I worked at the Center, we had the hooks and cubbies above (also, very little room in the cubbies). Bags, snowpants, coats went on the hooks. Blankets, stayed on their cots after nap. Cots were stacked up against the wall. If they had a pillow, that stayed on the cot as well. All cots were sanitized daily before we laid the blankets down on them again.

It seemed to work pretty well! Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-28-2011, 07:55 PM
heyhun77's Avatar
heyhun77 heyhun77 is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 370
Default

We use stacking cots in our room and the children put their cotsheet, blanket and pillow/lovie in a backpack that zips and hang it in their cubbies in the hallway. If you get them using a standard amount of nap belongings you could find a standard way to store them.

In my home daycare I used waterproof pillowcases to store their mat, blanket, small pillow and their lovie in. I stored them in a pack and play that couldn't be used for sleeping due to a tear in the fabric.

My last round of organizing in my home I switched to plastic storage totes with easy to remove lids. I liked that because the kids could get their things in and out of them on their own. I didn't like them because they took up a lot of space when we had our nap stuff out. However, I also was able to use the storage totes as dividers between the children to help get them all to sleep at the same time.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
storage

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Outdoor Toy Storage? Abigail Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 8 12-21-2012 07:21 AM
Where Do You All Buy DC Items? Nickel Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 2 07-11-2012 10:14 PM
I Want To See Your Fav Daycare Storage Piece DaycareMama Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 28 05-05-2012 03:12 PM
Can I Deduct Yard Sale/ Craig’s List Items? lvt77 Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 9 01-15-2011 10:12 PM
Daycare Supplies / Daycare Toys / Supplies Storage Abigail Daycare Center and Family Home Forum 14 09-12-2010 12:59 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:04 PM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming