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Marissa Schneggenburger

Free Childcare Staff Onboarding Checklist

  • April 3, 2024

Hiring, onboarding, and retaining staff are all top-of-mind for childcare providers. Keeping these processes as effective and efficient as possible helps ensure your center is running smoothly and sets your staff up for success. 

When onboarding new staff members, it’s crucial to stay organized. “Organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by over 70% .” (G2.com) An onboarding checklist can help ensure you’re effectively onboarding your staff, leading to better performance and increased retention rates. To help make this process simple, we’ve created a free, downloadable childcare staff onboarding checklist. Keep reading to learn more about improving your onboarding process and download the checklist.

What to Include in Your Childcare Staff Onboarding Checklist

When creating your own onboarding checklist, make sure you include the following steps:

  • Provide a welcome letter
  • Complete necessary forms and paperwork
  • Provide staff handbook
  • Give a center tour
  • Introduce to all staff members
  • Provide account logins
  • Set up software training

These are just a few of the important things to include in your onboarding checklist to make sure your new staff member has everything they need to succeed.

Improving Onboarding and Training Resources 

To make your onboarding and training process the best it can be, check out some these quick tips.

  1. Assess your current onboarding process
  2. Organize your employee handbook into 5 components
  3. Make the onboarding process digital 

For the full guide to improving and digitizing your onboarding process, click here.

Free ECE Staff Onboarding Checklist

Download this onboarding checklist to help your admins through the childcare staff onboarding process. Fill out the form below and the template will be sent to you in an email.


Kangarootime is the leading all-in-one childcare management software for daycares and preschools. With billing and invoicing capabilities, parent communication and staff management tools, and classroom automation, Kangarootime helps childcare centers grow and scale. To learn more about optimizing your center with Kangarootime, visit kangarootime.com

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