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20 September 2019

Top 5 tips for Early Learning Uniforms

Uniforms Perfect for Childcare and Early Learning Centres

Working in the early learning, kindergarten and childcare industry means no day is the same, being adaptable and on the go throughout the day is part of the job. This translates to what you wear to work; your uniform garments need to be comfortable, hardwearing, allow for movement and make you feel confident.

With this in mind, we’ve put together the Top 5 essential childcare uniform pieces that early learning professionals love to wear. These stylish, contemporary uniforms are built to keep your team comfortable, looking presentable & withstand whatever gets thrown at them! 

1. Versatile Uniforms - from playtime to home time

Styles & Colours: Will ShirtSmith Oxford ShirtdressTom Apron in Blush

What’s to love about the versatility: Your busy day in an early learning centre is varied and sometimes organised chaos. You'll need comfortable and versatile uniform options that still look professional and unite your team.

The shirt dress is the perfect flattering style that can be year-round by layering up and adding tights in cooler months. Our aprons are a must-have for keeping your clothes clean during art and mealtimes. Also a fun way to brighten your day with lots of different Colour Pop Aprons to choose from including name and emoji personalisation.


"I wanted the staff to reflect our centre. The uniform needed to be modern and fresh...just because our staff work with children and in what can be a messy environment, didn't mean they had to sacrifice style for practicality."

Willowbank Early Learning Centre

2. The Perfect Pop of Colour

Name: Choose Your Strap Aprons – up to 144 different combinations!

Apron type: Henry Bib Apron, Tom Bib Apron, Ace Bib Apron & Barkly Bib Apron.

Why childcare professionals love it: Our Cross Back Aprons are the most comfortable apron for all-day wear, and our Choose Your Strap range gives your team the option to pick a colour suited to your Early Learning Centre, or add a pop of colour and get bright & festive with the kids! You can also purchase straps individually to change up your look when you need them.

When you’ve got a mix of finger painting, gardening or cooking on the schedule for your day, these aprons will carry all your essentials, distribute the weight evenly across your back, and protect your work clothes so you’re ready to go when the task is done.

Fast facts
  • Mix & match 144 combinations
  • Premium metal hardware
  • Stylish and comfortable cross-back fitting
  • Herringbone or Leather-Look strap finish

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How to tie your cross-back apron

Cross-back aprons are ideal for distributing weight evenly across the back, for all-day wear and comfort.

Make sure the straps are crossed over your back and not twisted. You can tie at the back with a neat bow, or in the front with the added benefit of looping a tea towel over the strap around your waist. It's really up to your preference and style.


3. Down-to-earth denim essentials

Name: Bailey Denim ShirtJet JeansBoston Bib ApronHarvest Aprons & Barkly Bib Aprons

Styles & Colours: Shirts, Jeans, Skirts, Bib & Waist Aprons. Blue, Indigo & Black.

Why childcare professionals love it: Denim is the original working fabric, and is a classic uniform fabric for its unstoppable style, while also being durable & effortlessly comfortable, getting even better with wear. Our Bailey Denim Shirts will breathe, so running around after kids is no challenge, while our Jet Denim Jeans offer the ultimate fit for a modern childcare uniform that works for the whole team. Cargo Crew’s world-famous range of Denim Aprons are perfect for any workplace where getting a little messy (or a lot!) is a standard part of your day.

Fast facts
  • Denim is hard wearing and long lasting
  • Stylish modern uniform options
  • Designed to fit teams of all zizes
  • Perfect for logo embroidery

4. Take the fight to fading aprons!

Name: Fight The FadeTM technology

Apron type: Henry Bib Apron in PebbleMochaBluegrain, or Charcoal

Why childcare professionals love it: Childcare professionals love our Henry Aprons as an unstoppable force for clothing protection! Lightweight, yet incredibly heavy-duty these aprons pack a punch for durability AND style. Better yet we’ve tested them & know you’ll be able to wash them 100+ times with no signs of fading!

Working to build a better world for future generations means building a future with less waste. Clothing is an enormous source of waste within our society, so we’re committed to developing & producing fabrics that last, will protect your clothing & require replacing significantly less often.

Our special Fight the Fade technology was 18-months in development and testing to achieve the perfect fade-resistant, lightweight and durable fabric that holds strong against common washing products including Oxygen Bleach agent stain removers such as Napisan, Vanish and Sard Oxy.

Fast facts
  • Heavy-duty, yet lightweight
  • Wash 100+ times with no signs of fading
  • Linen-look texture
  • Stylish and comfortable cross-back fitting

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5. Cargo Crew Kids

Name: Cargo Crew Kids Aprons

Styles & Colours: Kids Barkly Bib Apron – Indigo DenimKids Boston Bib Apron – Light Blue, Rose Pink and Sweet Pea

Why childcare professionals love it: It’s not just the adults having all the fun – Cargo Crew Kids Aprons have been designed for serious fun! Our kid-friendly range offers genuine mini-versions of the famous Barkly and Boston Denim Aprons. Taking uniform to the next level – your kids can match your staff in their very own apron, we even offer name embroidery so the kids can have their very own apron to take home & be proud of!

Better yet, you’ll also win over parents by sending home (slightly…) cleaner kids! Aprons are a great tool to help break up activity times & get young minds excited – when the aprons are on it's time to get creative (and maybe a little messy!).

Fast facts
  • Mini versions of our famous Boston & Barkly aprons
  • Name embroidery available
  • Easily adjustable neck straps
  • Packaged in a reusable cotton zip pouch

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Looking for more apron inspiration?

The essential catalogue to help you find the ideal apron for your business is here!

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