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The Best Back To School Checklist

What do you require to do to get your child prepared for going returning to school? Here’s a comprehensive listing of all of the supplies for back-to-school that you’ll need in order to have organized for the start of the school year.

Keep reading for all the back-to school essentials that you’ll require, along with a variety of awesome back to school hacks.

Name Labels

If your child is going heading off to school, you have to label everything. I’m talking about everything. I’m talking about every piece of clothing, every lunchbox and shoe, each bag, and every piece of stationery. If your child can take it off or putting it away and putting it back on, they’re likely to be able to lose it if it’s not labeled.

Since the beginning, I’ve been using NameTags for labelling my kids’ items, as they’re easily the most simple to use.

There is no need to iron or sew. Simply adhere the label to the label that is on clothing care and, after 24 hours, they can be washed by machine. Attach them to hard surfaces made of plastic, such as lunch boxes, and after 24 hours, they’re dishwasher safe.

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

A top tip is to put your phone number on the labels. I’ve had many items returned to me throughout the years due to my number appearing on labels, such as a small shoe my child had taken out of the pram.

School Uniform

The exact uniform you’ll need for your child is contingent on the school they attend, so talk with your school directly or check their website to find a specific 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 foot at home, if you shop on the internet)
Accessory for your hair (hair band and tie)
Hat, scarf, gloves and hat

Personally, I’ve bought 5 Polo tops, 5 bottoms and 5 cardigans , or jumpers for my kids. My kids are especially at home coated in mud, paint and other gunk all day long So, make sure they wear fresh uniforms every morning. The supermarket uniforms are cheap, which makes this attainable.

Even though I wash the laundry every day (the most effective way for me to stay on top of things as six people) the fact that I have 5 of everything means I can manage everything over the weekend and be sure it is done, which means I can avoid the ninth day before or anxiety prior to school.

Other advantages of having 5 of everything are not having to be “out” of uniforms during the inevitable loss and incidents with uniforms occur (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 is used less , which means it is less prone to wear and tear and can break down less easily.

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

Tips: Keep Extra clothes for your child in their bag

For children who are younger this is done by putting an extra change of clothing in their bags to be prepared in the event of. Even kids who have been toilet trained for years frequently have accidents during the beginning. Children are also more likely get extremely muddy while playing outdoors or to get soaked by the water table or sand. The idea of bringing a spare set clothes will ensure that they’re less likely return home in a mis the right clothes and lose their property.

PE Kit

It is also necessary to talk to the school of your child to know exactly what they will require for PE kits. It is common for this to vary from between classes. Children who are younger can, for instance, typically take off shoes and socks to go to PE (imaging changing the shoes of 30 four year olds in a single session, how terrifying!). The older children will require an entire kit.

Your child may require;

PE kit bag
Hoodie / jumper

Outdoor Learning Kit

Many schools are now conducting outdoor learning , also known as forest school. These classes will usually be held regardless of the weather conditions and can involve being messy.

Packaway waterproofs
Bag for outdoor learning kit to carry the boots that are muddy and waterproofs

School Bag

When choosing a bag for school pick one which is large enough to accommodate their extra clothing, art work that they bring home , and lunch boxes in the event of lunch packed. It’s a plus to get one that has a drink pouch at the back.

Hand Sanitiser

While it’s always been vital to maintain the highest standards of hygiene, now more than ever, children require access to hand sanitizer. The most cost-effective and simple method to achieve this is by using the refillable bottle which is in their bags.

Pencil Case & Stationery

Talk to the school where your child attends to find out if they are required to carry a case for their pencils to the classroom or if stationary is supplied.

No matter if they are required to bring materials to schools or not, you’ll require the following supplies at home to finish your homework assignments.

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