Maybe you’re wondering the summer went, but it really is (nearly) that time of year already – time for the kids to go back to school. They might not thank you for reminding them about it, but someone needs to think ahead!
Because preparing for the big return to school can be stressful, at Uber Kids we’ve assembled a back-to-school checklist and some top tips to help make it easier for you and your little ones. Read on to find out just what back-to-school essentials you need to stock up on before the new school term.
To start with, it’s a good idea to concentrate on getting all the basics together. It’s easy to neglect these smaller bits and pieces, but they’re likely to be no less essential for the school year ahead. Needless to say, kids can get into all sorts of scrapes at school, so it’s always a good idea to have plenty of spares to hand – just in case!
Make sure you’ve got these by the time your child returns to school.
School bag supplies
Your child’s school bag should include plenty of supplies for lunch time as well as the classroom. Don’t send them to school without the following:
- Lunch box or lunch bag
- Water bottle
- Stationery (pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers, rubbers, crayons) and pencil case
- Book bag
You’ll also need to make sure they’re properly clothed by the time the new school year gets underway (you’ll soon notice how much they’ve grown since the last one!). Here are the must-haves:
- Coats or jackets
- Cardigans, jumpers or sweatshirts
- Shirts, blouses or polo shirts
- Skirts or trousers
- Socks or tights
- Hats and gloves
In addition, they’ll need to be properly kitted out for PE and swimming lessons. We’d suggest stocking up on these:
- PE bag
- Trainers or pumps
- Swimming shorts or swimming costume
- Drinks bottle
You can never have too many hair accessories for your little one, especially as they become more and more style-conscious! The following should suffice for the coming school year:
- Hair ties, bobbles and scrunchies
- Hair clips
A good selection of educational toys is always good to help keep your child intellectually stimulated and engaged. Make sure you’ve got plenty of these:
- Activity books
As well as sending your kids back to school with all the necessary supplies, you’ll also need to think about how they’re going to get there! This is why it’s a good idea to make sure they’ve got age-appropriate transport, such as the following:
- Ride-on boards
- Scooters and trikes
- Baby carrier
- Stroller accessories (e.g. footmuff, buggy lights and rain cover for the darker and colder months)
- Car seat (along with sun shade and rain cover)
To ensure you have a suitable child car seat for the school year ahead, there are a few questions about its condition that you need to consider. These include:
- Can it seat your child safely and comfortably?
- Do you need to remove the insert?
- Is it time to switch to a high-back booster?
- Does the harness fasten in all sections, and are its fabrics in good condition?
By the same token, you should also make sure that your child’s pushchair is still in the right condition for the new school year. Here are some questions to bear in mind:
- Are the pushchair’s tyres adequately inflated?
- Have the tyres perished, or are they about to?
- Are they still in good enough condition to withstand journeys to and from school?
- Does the harness fasten properly in all sections, and what sort of condition are its fabrics in?
Back-to-school shopping tips
When stocking up on those essentials ready for that all-important return to school, there are a few things you should bear in mind to help make the whole thing easier – and less expensive. By following some basic back-to-school shopping tips, you can save money and avoid unnecessary stress. Here are a few things we’d suggest:
- Make an early start. Okay, so there might only be a couple of
weeks left before the new school year gets underway, but as a general rule, the
earlier you can start on your back-to-school shopping, the better. This should
help you both to beat the rush and scoop some really good deals, too.
- Keep a list of what needs to be replaced,
and what doesn’t. There might be a
few things from the last school year which are perfectly okay to be used in the
forthcoming one. If this is the case, concentrate on buying the new items you
and your child really need.
- Work out a budget – and stick to it! This is perhaps easier said than done,
but it’s a really good idea when shopping for back-to-school supplies to set
yourself a clear budget and do your best to remain within it. Do plenty of shopping
around in order to find the best deals that are out there.
- Don’t take the kids shopping with you! The potency of pester power is well-documented, and any parent will have plenty of personal experience. When you’re shopping for back-to-school bits and pieces, it’s probably best to leave any little ones at home so that you can concentrate on buying the essentials.