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CHILD CARE EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS LIST

Guideline

Best Practice

Infants *Note: All toys for, and accessible to, infants must be of a size and construction appropriate for infants

Birth to 3 months: Rattles Large rings Squeeze & sucking toys Cardboard or vinyl books with high-contrast

Mobile located within baby’s vision

illustrations 4 to 6 months: Soft doll Texture balls

All of the above plus:

Toys that make noise when batted, squeezed or

mouthed 7 to 12 months: Rag & baby dolls Stuffed animals Puppets Large soft blocks Rubber or large plastic balls Nesting toys Cloth or soft vinyl books with bright pictures Soft plastic or wooden vehicles with wheels 12 to 18 months: All of the above plus: Surprise or music box Board books with simple stories and pictures Recordings with songs and rhymes Fat non-toxic crayons Large blank paper Assorted blocks All of the above plus:

Wide watercolour markers Old magazines to tear

People, animals and vehicles made of wood or rubber Sand and water toys Large cardboard boxes to crawl in

1. Prop kits - examples:

Supermarket - cash register (can be homemade cardboard box), plastic fruit & vegetables, play money (can be homemade), paper or plastic grocery bags, scale, shopping baskets, empty food boxes & containers (cereal, margarine, etc.)

Hospital - white or green shirts, stethoscope, band-aids, gauze, clipboard with paper & pencil, hospital gowns, old sheet (solid colour), play thermometer, play doctor’s kit

References:

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Dunster, Lee.

Home Child Care: A Caregiver’s Guide.

Ottawa: Child Care Providers

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Association, 1994. Health and Welfare Canada.

Facilities and Equipment for Day Care Centres.

Minister of

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National Health and Welfare Social Service Programs Branch, 1984. Olds, Anita Rui. Child Care Design Guide. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

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