It might feel like the summer’s passed by in the blink of an eye, but believe it or not, the new school year is just around the corner.
At Wynsors, not only do we take great pride in helping families handle the cost of buying back-to-school essentials, we’re also here to provide useful advice.
Check out this post for a whole host of tips on how to deal with the emotional and practical implications of sending your child to school for the very first time.
There’s a lot to remember when you’re shopping for new supplies, so we’ve pulled together a handy back-to-school checklist to help you keep track of everything.
- School uniform
There’s always a lot of debate around whether or not children should wear school uniform in this day and age.
In many countries, schools adopt a relaxed approach to student dress, however, there have been growing calls (particularly in France) for formal uniforms to be introduced – something that is already commonplace in the UK.
Regardless of which side of the argument you’re on, the reality is that many UK schools have very strict uniform policies and it’s extremely important that you are aware of these.
Make sure you get your blazer, jumpers, shirts, trousers, ties and shoes (more on this shortly!) sorted out and lined up ready for the first day.
- School shoes
No back-to-school checklist is complete without a hardwearing pair of school shoes.
Of course, playground politics can come into contention here and many parents feel pressured to buy the trendiest school shoes possible. At Wynsors, we’ve got a wide range of stylish but affordable school shoes from renowned brands like Kickers and Skechers, which are sure to keep you AND your little ones happy.
Of course, many schools will specify which designs your child can and cannot wear. This is where our School Approved Brochures are so useful, as you can find out exactly which styles are acceptable.
You can also read our guide to buying the best school shoes here.
- School bags
Sturdy and spacious school bags are absolute must-haves. Make sure you find a bag that’s waterproof and robust enough to withstand everything an entire school year will have to throw at it.
You might also need a satchel or book bag, and a sports bag for their PE gear. You don’t want those muddy football boots being lumped into the same bag as your little one’s pristine English homework after all!
- Name labels
Kids can be incredibly forgetful and it’s easy for clothing and other belongings to get mislaid in messy classrooms or changing rooms.
They might complain about the embarrassment, but attaching some name labels is a quick and simple precaution to take.
There’s not much point sending your youngsters back to school if they have nothing to write with – so make sure you pick up some pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers and so on.
Schools often put out lists of stationery suggestions, so if your children have been issued with one, make sure you check it.
We get all nostalgic when we think back to the first few days of term when our brand-new pencil case was still in mint condition!
- Hat, scarf and gloves
We don’t like to think about it too much either, but the autumn and winter months will be just around the corner by the time the kids go back to school, so it’s a good idea to invest now in a thick hat, warm scarf and cosy gloves for when the temperatures do start to tumble.
While many schools lay on nutritious and affordable meals, it’s entirely understandable that a lot of parents want to control what their kids are eating at lunchtime.
We recently worked with a selection of parent bloggers to get their tips on how to create healthy, yet affordable lunchbox meal ideas.
You can find loads of innovative, actionable advice right here.
Naturally, if you’re going down the packed lunch route, a sturdy lunchbox will need to be on your back-to-school shopping list.
- Sports kit
This will vary from school to school, but as a bare minimum, you’ll need to buy kit for indoor and outdoor sports. Probably some swimming attire too.
Your child’s school will undoubtedly provide sportswear guidelines in good time, so make sure you have everything ticked off before their first PE lesson.
- Personal organiser
Organisation is the key to success. This is a lesson that we can heed through our entire life.
From homework to school trips and charity bake sales, it’s vital that parents have a clear idea of what is happening within the four walls of the classroom, so a neat personal organiser can really make all the difference.
- Fresh (and school-friendly!) haircut
We’re rounding off our list with an unorthodox, but increasingly important consideration for parents.
Towards the end of the last school year, there were plenty of news stories about schools clamping down on “inappropriate” haircuts, with a worryingly large number of kids apparently being excluded from lessons.
This can be a minefield for parents, as children will naturally want to copy their favourite footballer or pop star’s trim, and this can spell trouble! If your little one has requested a particular do, it’s worth checking with their school before you head to the salon.
Did we miss something? Let us know!
There should be enough here to help your kids get the new school year off to a flying start. Here at Wynsors, we’ve got plenty more advice to help you prepare for the forthcoming back-to-school period – just take a look at our dedicated back-to-school blog, where you’ll find lots more helpful and relevant content.