It can be hard keeping your daycare classroom clean and organized. You have so many other responsibilities that sometimes having an orderly classroom can be overlooked. I know this sounds crazy because how can you have an organized room with sixteen kids or more running around? Still, it can happen, here are some tips to help you get more organized. Some of these tips will apply to rooms with babies and kids who aren’t potty trained so choose the organization tips that apply to your particular classroom.
Keeping Your Daycare Classroom Clean and Organized
- . Classroom Closet-Classroom closets can be a nightmare and a catch-all. Take a little time each day during nap and clean out a section of your closet. Throw out old art supplies, used up bottles of cleaner, broken toys that don’t work, and anything else that you don’t need.
- Art Supplies-Label a shelf for art supplies and organize markers, paints, construction paper, and other supplies together.
- Diaper/Wipes Shelf-Organize your diaper/wipes shelf and take stock of who needs more.
- Cleaning Supply Shelf-Label a shelf for cleaners and add bottles of cleaner from the supply closet.
- Board Games-Go through board games and make sure they have all their pieces.
- Rotate/Remove Toys-Look through toys and decide what you will use and what you won’t use. See if one of the other classrooms would like to have your discarded toys to play with.
- Extra Necessities-Add some rolls of toilet paper, bottles of hand soap, and paper towels in case you run out in your classroom bathroom. Also, don’t forget to stock up on tissues, gloves, disinfectant spray, and disinfectant wipes.
- . Snack Cabinet-Go through your snack cabinet and make sure you label everything with a date. Throw away partial bags of snacks. Your snack cabinet is another place to store paper towels and don’t forget to stock up on plastic cups, paper plates, and coffee filters.
- Label Baskets of toys-If you have several baskets of toys in your classroom, take a picture of each kind of toy in each basket and attach it. This way, little ones will know what goes in each basket by the picture. This won’t guarantee that the right toys will go in the right basket, but it’s a start.
- Bathroom-Give your bathroom a good deep cleaning and make sure you have extra gloves, wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels nearby. Also, make sure you have a trash can liner close.
- Defrost your refrigerator/freezer-If you have a refrigerator/freezer in your classroom, make sure you defrost it so it’s ready to go whenever you need it.
- Organize Papers-Make sure you have all your lesson plans, worksheets, and daily sheets organized where you can find them. Use an accordion folder or different colored folders if it makes it easier.
- Replace cubby and hook tags-Replace your cubby and hook tags with the names of your new and returning students.
- Clean cubbies-Three times a week have the closing teacher wipe out cubbies with a disinfectant wipe. This will help cut down on illness.
- Organize your first aid kit-Go through your classroom first aid kit and make sure you have everything you need.
- Update Emergency Contact Cards-Go through your emergency contact cards and verify with parents that the names, phone numbers, and addresses are still current.
- Cots/Mats-Make sure your cots and mats for nap time are in good shape and labeled with each student’s name. You will also want to make sure your cot sheets are in good condition too.
- Book Shelf-Go through your bookshelf and get rid of any books that are ripped, torn, or destroyed. You can always ask for donations of used books later to replenish your supply.
- Changing Station-Make sure your changing table and mat are in good condition. Also, make sure your spray bottle is full of bleach solution.
- Cribs-Make sure the cribs in your room are in good shape and label each one with the corresponding child’s name.
More Organizing Ideas For Your Classroom
- Extra Clothing-If you have boxes of extra clothing, make sure you organize them by gender. When a teacher is in a hurry to find extra clothes, these can get out of sorts.
- Update Allergies-If you have kids in your classroom with allergies, make sure you update your allergy list and make a copy for the office and the kitchen staff.
- Disinfect toys-Once a week, soak all your “hard” toys in a water/bleach solution and let dry overnight. Throw your soft toys in the washer.
- Disinfect door handles/counters-Spray Lysol on your door handles and wipe down counters with bleach solution every day.
- Organize and Label Your Diaper Shelf-We had a shelf in our two-year-old room where we kept diapers labeled with the kid’s initials. This made things much easier when it was time to change diapers, just grab the diapers and kids and head on into the bathroom.
- Classroom Toy Inspection-Go through your baskets of classroom toys once a month and remove ones that are in bad shape or broken.
There are many responsibilities you have as a daycare teacher including the health and well-being of your kids. In using the tips above, you will remove hazardous toys, and cut down on illness in your classroom. Your environment will be much more organized.
You can break down tasks between you and your co-teacher throughout the week and set 3-4 goals a month. Take a deep breath; it’s not all going to happen at once. However, by working together little by little, you will soon have a clean, organized, and healthy environment for yourselves and your students. Here’s to your organized, clean, and happy classroom.