Debra Hasbrook, M.Ed.
Childcare is a messy business. There is paint, glue, food, runny noses, and changing diapers. So it is important to dress for the job. Many centers now have uniforms, most have a dress code. Some centers provide aprons or special t-shirts. The state also has requirements, like no flip flops or open toed shoes for safety and the ability to run if needed.
For most teachers jeans and a t-shirt work just fine. But make sure whatever you decide to wear is clean and neat. This makes you look more professional. It is also important to be modest.
I walked into a classroom once and a teacher was bending over to help a child. While standing the teacher was perfectly presentable, unfortunately when she bent over a part of her undergarment was over exposed. As I was standing there a father walked in and got quite a view. Both the teacher and the father were embarrassed. I’m sure this wardrobe mishap was un-intentional, but it was avoidable.
If your center does not provide an apron or cover it is always a good idea to bring extra clothes in the event you become really soiled, which can happen when a child is ill, or soiled.
As you dress for the day, just give a little thought about what is practical, modest and professional.