#3. Cover and label the school books
Book covering is a great resource offered by many online retailers. I have often sat on back to school night covering books wishing I had got them covered when I ordered them!
Many books have to be brought to the schoolroom on the first day and left there, so they need to be clearly labelled with the child’s name in advance. Personalised labels are a quick and easy way to label all your child’s books and belongings.
#4. Label belongings
Don’t forget to label or write your child’s name with a laundry pen on all their belongings, clothes, shoes, pencil cases, coats, bags, lunch boxes, bottles etc. anything that can get left behind!
#5. Check the School Uniforms
Check all the school uniforms to make sure you have everything you need. Experience tells me that getting these early is your best bet as you may not get the sizes, colours etc. you need if you leave it too late. Don’t forget the gym gear as well.
When buying your school uniform, look for items with extras as standard. For instance at M&S many of their uniform fabrics are stain resistant, water repellant and crease resistant.
You’ll also find innovative sizes and fits including Plus fit (6cm wider in the body), Slim fit (4cm narrower in the body), as well as shorter and longer lengths on trousers and skirts. And clever design features like adjustable cuffs.
#6. Consider visiting the school in advance with your child
This is especially for those first timers. They may be so overwhelmed on the first day that a visit shortly in advance will help demystify the venue and alleviate their fears.
#7. Freeze a few dinners for that first week back to school
Make a few double batches as you cook the week before and save and freeze the 2nd batch.
This will help you and the family get back into a routine and juggle work and homework commitments.