I’m a strong believer in children having chores, or responsibilities, that are appropriate for their age.
Once they have passed the threshold (the front door of the playgroup), children are asked to take off their shoes – even if they need help – and put them in a box that I have for that purpose only. If they can, they take off their coat, jacket or sweatshirt, and hang it on my kid-size coat tree. This is something they do after they have been greeted at the door, and enter – with or without their parent or caregiver.
It took me a while to understand how important this is. Some parents seem to think this is silly, but I know it is incredibly empowering. Some kids resist like crazy. I have the patience to wait, so I am a great match to their opposition.