While the kids will still be making the most of their summer break parents will now be starting to get things in order for their return to school in September.
If they came home on the last day of term with a check list for the new term chances are it will have been lost or thrown in the bin accidentally. If you are worried about forgetting anything we have come up with this back to school check list to make things easier for you. Each item is followed by an importance rating out of 5.
This should be the easiest one but if your children's school has a specific jumper with the school emblem on then ordering early is essential. Other than that it should be pretty straight forward but if they are changing schools check out the dress code on the school's website to see if they have any restrictions you weren't aware of rather than waste money on items they aren't allowed to wear.
Depending on their age you may have to purchase certain reference books for this year. Don't leave this until the last minute as there will be many other parents all after the same books. Have a look online and see if you can get them a bit cheaper, but ensure you allow plenty of time for them to be delivered before the new term starts.
As children grow their tastes change like the weather so don't assume they want a bag with Hello Kitty or Ben 10 just because they had one last year. Take them with you to choose their bags so there can be no arguments on the first day when they refuse to go to school with a 'baby's' bag.
This can change dramatically as kids progress through the school years with new sports being introduced that they need the right kit for. This also goes for footwear as they may now need proper boots to play football, rugby etc as opposed to ordinary trainers.
It can be very easy to go to a stationery store and buy everything in sight to ensure you have covered all bases, but how much of that isn't actually being used? Another trip where you should be accompanied by your child/ren to make sure you are getting them what they need, not what you think they need, and that other all important item comes into this trip as well; the pencil case. This, like the bag, is a very personal item so let your child choose their own. Don't cringe or oppose it, they are going to be using it every day not you.
If your child has a condition that demands they are given, or take themselves, medication at school make sure this information is passed onto their next teacher. Confirm with the school the new teacher knows the situation and this is especially important if they are changing schools when it can be very easy to overlook a vital piece of info when there are hundreds of new starters.