Every September, thousands of families across the UK greet the new month with a sense of anticipation. The long summer days are coming to an end and everyone's getting ready to start a new school year. If you've got butterflies in your tummy just thinking about the kind of juggling you're going to have to do, don't worry, we've put together these tips for starting school with a spring in your step!
Back to school tips for parents
If your child's about to start school for the first time, you and your little one are about to embark on one of life's most exciting adventures! As a parent, what's key to making the first day at school as trouble free as possible – whether you're new to this or not – is staying relaxed and confident, but above all being prepared! Here are a few practical things you can do to get back-to-school organised:
- Make sure any items of uniform that you already have are stain-free, washed and ironed. Check out our tips for managing laundry here. Watch out for ink and grass stains – kids are prone to picking these types of stains up at school.
- Recycle or give away clothes your child has grown out of and replace them with larger sizes. Although if you have any younger children that will be starting the same school in a couple of years, it’s a good idea to hang on to any pieces of uniform that are still in good condition to save you money in the long-term.
- Buy fabric or iron-on name stickers – replace those that have fallen off, and add them to new clothes. It may be a little time consuming, but you’ll be thankful if you’re little one misplaces their school jumper!
- Check the state of your child’s school shoes, gym shoes, and school bag – do you need to buy new ones or can you make use of some hand-me-downs from siblings, relatives, or family friends?
- Book an appointment with the GP for a general health check-up for you and your child. This is a good opportunity to check everyone's up-to-date with vaccinations, and that your child receives any medical supplies or certificates they might need for school.
- Help ease your child back into the school routine and getting up early by reigning in the late nights.
- Make sure your calendar is up-to-date with any important term dates, and that you have the school's contact details to hand.
- Check out any extra-curricular activities: is there a fun and educational activity your child would like to sign up for this year?
If your child's starting school for the first time, you could also:
- Organise play dates with friends who will be in the same class.
- Familiarise your child with the school's location. Visit and practise the walk to school.
- Read storybooks about starting school to get your child mentally prepared for the transition.
- Remember to take a camera with you to capture the memory of your child's first day at school.
Back to school tips for kids
During the long summer months, kids tend to quickly forget their normal school routine; so launching back into it all can be a bit of a shock! To help your kids’ transition back to school in September, share these organisational tips with them:
- Don't leave all your homework until the last minute! Doing a little every day, or a big chunk once a week means the work you hand in will be better than if you'd done it in a last minute rush.
- Before school starts, gather together all your school supplies – pens, pencils, folders etc. Is there anything you need to buy to prepare you for the new school year? Is there anything you do not need anymore, and can recycle or throw out? Shopping for cool new stationery can be one of the most fun parts of going back to school!
- Start as you mean to go on: put out your clothes and pack your bag the night before to avoid a mad scramble in the morning.
- Replace the batteries in your alarm clock and make sure it's set to the right time!
With these tips, you and your family should be off to a great start in September. Here's wishing everyone a happy start to the new school year! Do you have other handy back to school tips to share with other parents? Leave us a comment in the box below.