Back to School: How to Prepare your Kids
As quickly as the school holidays start, they soon come to an end just as fast! We have all been there, you think you still have a few weeks to prepare for your kids return from school, but before you know it, it’s next week. To help you prepare for your kids’ school return, we have come up with the ultimate battle plan to help prevent any last-minute panicking.
3-4 weeks to go – Uniform shopping
If your kids have grown out of their uniform, they are changing schools, or simply if their old set is worn out then this is a must. Don’t leave it until the last minute just in case the shop needs to order in their size. Once the school uniform is bought and/or ordered that is a big tick off your list.
2 weeks to go – Shoes and other clothing
With the rate that children’s feet grow, shoe shopping is almost definitely something you will have to do before they go back to school. Leave it until a week or two before the end of the summer holidays so that you reduce the chances of having to buy a bigger size during term time.
This is also a great time to buy any other clothing and equipment they may need such as sports kit, socks, underwear, rucksack, lunch box etc. Doing this a week or two before term starts means they also have the time to wear the shoes in a bit to make them more comfortable.
1 week to go – Stationery and books
Only one week to go, but don’t panic you have already done the most important shopping. This is the perfect time to buy stationery and any books they need for the start of term.
The week before term starts – Routines
In the week before your little ones go back to school, it is a great time to get them back into a routine. This means getting them to go to bed at a set time, waking up at the time they would need to for school and making sure that they keep to any curfews. Getting them into a routine in the run up to school will make that first Monday morning easier for them and you.
A few days before school begins – Sit your kids down for a chat
This is an important step to remember. You have bought all the equipment and clothing, their routine is starting to become more regular, and they have all the pens, pencils, and rubbers they need. But how do they feel about going back to school?
We know there have been a lot of changes this year due to Covid and this is likely to be the first full school year they will experience for some time. So, take the time to sit down with them and ask them how they are feeling.
If they show any nerves or stress help them to focus on the positives such as seeing their friends or being able to do their favourite lesson, whether that is writing or sports or science. Helping them to focus on the positive elements of school will help their return go smoother and easier.
Is it your child’s first time going to school?
If this is going to be your kid’s first ever school take it slowly. Arrange a tour of the new school if that is possible, get them to walk around and get a feel for the place. Perhaps get them to meet some of their teachers. The more prepared they are for this, the less anxiety they are likely to feel on their first day.
The day before – Is everything labelled?
The day before the first day of school is stressful for both you and your little ones. You have bought them all brand new equipment so the last thing you want is for them to lose it on their first day. So, have you labelled all their clothing and equipment with their name?
If not, this is a great thing to do, and with our range of personalised stick on and no-iron no-sew labels, you can do this the night before and it will take you no time at all. To make your life even easier we have created a fun and simple back to school starter set, which is full of all the labels you could need to keep your child’s belongings safe.