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Buying for school: uniforms and kit

What do I need to make sure my child is ready for school?
It’s probably not as important as you think. You may receive a list from your child’s school listing the items that your child requires. Or, you might be able find it on the school website. Your child might not require her own stationery in her first year. Before gran buys expensive pencils with individual names, make sure you do your research.

It can be difficult to get everything organized for your child’s first day at school, especially if you are on a tight budget. Continue reading to learn how to make this task a little easier.
What size uniform does my child require?

Many primary schools provide uniforms. This means that your child will likely need a specific outfit regardless of which school he attends. Your child’s school will usually stock school clothes at one or two shops. Ask your child where they can be purchased. Many schools offer second-hand uniforms at a reduced price.

You should ensure that everything is easy to put on and take off. Trousers are much easier to put on than tights or skirts. To make sure there are no problems, practice changing your trousers a few times.

These are the essentials you need to know before you buy.

Sweatshirt or jumper for school: Many schools ask that students wear a sweatshirt with their school name embroidered on it.
Bags: If your child has a lunchbox with a strap, you might be able send him off without a bag. It may be useful to have a larger bag for your child so that he can bring more things. Bags with the school name and badge are often available at schools. A separate bag may be required for swimming or PE.

There is always room to make adjustments beyond the basic. Online and in most shops, you can find polo shirts as well as trousers, shorts, skirts, and dresses in classic designs. Uniforms are often cheaply sold in supermarkets. Consider buying a larger size if your child is growing quickly.

Keep it simple and neutral. No matter what your opinion, a uniform helps to reduce the pressure to purchase certain brands.
Which type of shoes is best for school?

Even if your child is able to lace his shoes, Velcro or buckled shoes may be better for him. Your child is more likely to slip and get hurt if his laces are not tied all the time. When he adjusts to school, laces that are loose will be a distraction. Velcro and buckles make it easier to change PE clothes quickly.

Buy shoes for school from a shop that has an experienced fitter if you are buying new shoes. Shoes should be able to fit your child’s growing feet. Your child should wear his new shoes for at least a few days before starting school. This will allow his feet to adjust and the shoes to become more comfortable.

It may be a good idea to spend some time showing your child the right shoes for him. You can mark the inside of your child’s shoes with an L or an R. This will help him learn which side is left and right.

Mark the area where each shoe meets the arch of your child’s foot if he doesn’t know which side it is. To be correct, the marks must be placed on the inside of your child’s foot.
Which lunchbox is the best?

Soft lunchboxes with straps make a great choice for packed lunches. They are lighter than hard lunchboxes and won’t easily break.

Look for a durable lunchbox if you’re giving your child a packed lunch. It’s a smart investment to invest in a non-branded lunchbox. Even if your child is obsessive about a certain character, he might find a new favorite in a week.

You may not be able to feed your child all of his lunch. You don’t want to have to unwrap soggy cling film at night. Instead, you can use small, reusable plastic boxes. These can be used to pack healthy food for your child, such as fruit, sandwiches or mini breadsticks, and dips. Plastic containers are available that don’t contain BPA or other chemicals.

Before term begins, you could have a few “picnics” of packed lunches together to prepare your child for school. It is important to make sure your child can handle any containers and lidded boxes that you use.

It will also help you determine how much your child is able to eat within the lunch hour. Some schools require that children finish their lunches. You can help your child enjoy lunches instead of having to endure them.
What kind of PE kit does my child require?

Primary schools allow children to do their physical education in the clothes they already wear. Your child might need to wear plimsoles, or pumps, so that he doesn’t slip.

A basic kit of PE equipment for your child will likely include a T-shirt and shorts, but it won’t have to be branded. These items can be purchased in the same way as any other uniform. Buy them on the large side and avoid spending too much on PE uniform that will be lost or damaged.

You might be interested in buying trunks or a swimming costume.
What other things will my child require?

Depending on the season, your school’s needs, and what you need or want, you may also be required to purchase.

Protect your head from the rain and sun with a cap or hat
A summer dress in gingham
A school tie or blazer
A waterproof and windproof jacket/coat
A pair of wellies that can be worn at school.
An apron, or an old shirt, for messy painting and messy play

You can always pack extra pants and trousers for your child if he accidentally wets himself. For girls, a skirt and tights are also good options.

It may take your child a while to get used to school toilets. He may be too busy with new activities to need to go to the bathroom. If you are prepared with spare clothes, your child might find it easier to handle accidents on his own.

Many primary schools provide all the stationery that your child needs. You may want to give your child a notebook, pens, or art set that is just for him. Don’t over-equip. Your child will be more responsible in this new, exciting environment.
Do I have to label everything?

Your child will likely be matched with at least 30 other children. It’s worth spending extra time and money to make sure your child doesn’t lose the uniform once you have purchased it.

Personalised labels can be purchased that you can sew on or iron on. These labels can be ordered online or at your child’s school. You could also use permanent markers to label clothes. You can also buy laundry pens that include some markers.

Your child should be able to see where you have labelled and marked his clothes. If he misplaces one of his clothes, he will know where to find it. You may need to reuse the same uniform two times if you have older or younger children. You can label clothes with the surname of your child in this instance.

Your child’s name should be written on all of his lunchboxes, water bottles, and bags. You can purchase special labels, tape over fabric labels or use a permanent marker pen to make them.