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How To Prepare Items For Going Back To School

What are you going to require to do to get your child prepared for going the start of school? Here’s a comprehensive listing of all of the school supplies that you’ll need in order to organize your home to start the new school year.

Continue reading to learn all the back to school essentials that you’ll require, along with a variety of fantastic back to school hacks.

Name Labels

When your child goes heading off to school, you have to label everything, and I’m talking about everything. I’m talking about every piece of clothing, every lunchbox as well as every shoe, bag, and each item of stationery. If your child can take it off or putting it away the chances are that they’ll be able to lose it if it’s not labeled.

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Since the beginning, I’ve been using NameTags for labelling the children’s items, as they’re most certainly the easiest to utilize.

There there is no need for ironing or sewing. Simply put the label on the care label on your clothing and then after 24 hours, they can be washed by machine. Put them on hard plastic surfaces like lunch boxes. After 24 hours, they’re dishwasher safe.

They are available in a variety of various designs and colours.

The best tip is to include your phone number on the labels. I’ve had many items returned to me over the years because of my number appearing on labels, such as a small shoe that my toddler had taken out of the pram.

School Uniform

The type of uniform you’ll require for your child will be contingent on the institution they attend. Therefore, talk with your school directly or check their website for a detailed list.

Generally speaking, you’ll require;

Polo shirts / shirts / school tops
Jumpers / cardigans
Trousers, skirts, shorts or pinafores
Tights or socks
Shoes for school (measure your child’s feet at home when you shop on the internet)
Accessory for your hair (hair band and tie)
Hat, scarf, gloves and hat

Personally, I purchase 5 bottoms, 5 polo tops and 5 jumpers or cardigans for each of my kids. My kids are especially at home coated in mud, paint and other gunk each day and therefore, they must wear a clean uniforms every morning. The uniforms at the supermarket are inexpensive, making it affordable.

Even though I wash the laundry every day (the best way I can stay on top of it all as an entire family of six) and having five of everything means I can organize everything over the weekend and know that it is finished, thus avoiding the the ninth day before or anxiety prior to school.

Other advantages of having 5 of everything is that you will not be “out” of uniforms during the inevitable loss and accidents to uniforms happen (my younger son sank the knees of three pair of trousers when playing in the backyard during the first two weeks of school this year). Also, every item of clothing wears lesser, so it will suffer less wear and tear and can be less fragile.

In the end, I’ve found that to having 5 sets works just as well as having less, and needing to replace it faster as well as having the added benefit of not being as anxiety-inducing.

Tips: Keep Extra clothes in your child’s bag

For children who are younger the best option is to put one extra set of clothing in their bags for the case of. Even children who are toilet trained for years frequently have accidents during the beginning. They are more likely to be incredibly muddy when playing outside or to get soaked by the water table and sand. A spare set of clothes will ensure that they’re less likely return home in a mis matching clothes.

PE Kit

You will also need to talk to the school where your child attends to know exactly what they needs for their PE kit. It is common for this to vary from the class. Children who are younger can, for instance, usually just take off their socks and shoes for PE (imaging changing the shoes of 30 four year olds!). The older children will require more of a complete kit.

Your child may require;

PE kit bag
Hoodie / jumper

Outdoor Learning Kit

A growing number of schools are now offering outdoor learning , also known as forest school. The lessons usually be held regardless of the weather, and may involve being wet.

Packaway waterproofs
Bag for outdoor learning kit to store the boots in muddy conditions and waterproofs

School Bag

If you are looking for a backpack for school pick one that’s big enough to fit their spare clothes, artwork they bring home , and lunch boxes in the event of an unpack lunch. It’s a nice bonus to get one that has a drink pouch to the side.

Hand Sanitiser

While it’s always been essential to keep the highest standards of hygiene, now more than ever, our children require access to hand sanitizer. The most cost-effective and simple method to achieve this is to use the refillable bottle which is that is attached to their bags.

Pencil Case & Stationery

Contact the school of your child to determine if they’re required to carry a case for their pencils to the classroom or if stationary is supplied.

If they have to bring materials to the school, or not you’ll require the following items at home to finish any homework assignments.

Coloured pencils
Pencil sharpener
Felt tip pens
Glue stick
Calculator (for older children)