New Parents FAQs


We know that you will have lots of questions when your child is due to start at a new daycare centre. So to help all our new parents with the transition from home to Bayfield EEC we have gathered some answers to our most frequently asked questions.

If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please don't hesitate to get in touch!



The first few days your child is away from parents and their usual, familiar surroundings can be difficult and he/she may be a little anxious and unsettled. If possible we encourage several visits to the centre before regular care starts to familiarise the child with their new surroundings and meet staff and other children.

Do remember that our staff are experienced with comforting unsettled children and will always do what is best for your child and your family.

If you are at all anxious about your child do not hesitate to call the centre at any time for reassurance.

Please make sure you label all children's belongings clearly.

Do dress your child in appropriate "play" clothes as they may well get glue, paint and other products on them. Messy play is fun and educational and will be part of your child's programme here!

Parents of babies please supply us with babies' milk formulas and bottles.

Plenty of changes of spare clothes (especially when toilet training) we recommend at least three changes.

Nappies (for babies).

We have a cook employed to supply the children with nutritious and well-balanced lunches, morning and afternoon teas. Our menu has been advised by a registered dietician.

Meal times are held in a group environment where the children are able to mix and socialize with others.

A copy of our menu is available for your inspection.

If your child has special dietary requirements please let us know.

Your child has his/her own locker. We will leave any correspondence in either the locker or a special envelope with your child's name on it. 

We have opportunities during our whānau open days for extended members of the family to visit the centre and spend time with their child. These include Mum’s Day, Dad’s Day and Grandparents Day.

Please do not bring toys to the centre as we already have plenty for the children to choose from, please refrain from bringing any violent toys on the premises.

We encourage you to take an interest in your child's work and development, and to remember it is the process that is important, not always the result. There are many activities happening in the centre each day. We ask that you do not judge your child's participation in our activities by the quantity of work brought home each day, and we discourage comparison between one child's development and another's.

Feel free to speak to a teacher about your child's play