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How to Get Back to School Ready!

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Back to School Mums Office Diary

It’s July and your kids may not have even broken up for the summer yet but it’s not too early to get back to school ready for a seamless September!

In fact, July is the perfect time to get organised, whilst you are still in work / school mode before the long summer days of late July and August hit when all you want to do is light a BBQ and get the paddling pool out for outdoor fun! Plus, if you need to get new uniform, it’s always wise to buy early as I find that the sizes you want are usually in scarce supply at the end of the summer!

I have pulled together a ‘Back to School’ checklist for busy mums, so you can ensure that you have everything under control, and I have also shown you a few of my favourite items that I can’t manage without!

Back to School Mums Office Diary

My main lifesaver is a good diary to track both my own appointments and reminders and the kids too. The Mum’s Office School Year Diary is excellent as it has dedicated space for me plus up to four children and runs from 1 August 2015 to 31 August 2016 so you get 13 months of planning space! As I have two children, I use the other ‘spare’ columns for my meal planning and my appointments, leaving the large main space allowed for ‘Mum’ free to include all my daily tasks.

personalised towels

Small children will need to put their name in each item of school clothing so that it doesn’t get mixed up on PE Day! You can use a laundry marker to write their names onto the tags, but Stuck On You sells incredible labels that can be customised with colour and a logo to go into your child’s clothes and shoes. They also sell personalised lunchboxes and stationery and this year I have got a personalised towel for each of my children that they can use on holiday but also at school for swimming lessons! Keep reading to the end of this post for a giveaway you could enter to win a £20 gift voucher to spend on the Stuck on You website.

camera diary and gift card

Teenagers are always asking parents for money and an easy way to ensure that they spend it on food is to give them a gift card for Greggs! Since my eldest has started High School, she doesn’t want to eat breakfast at home, preferring to get something from the school canteen with the rest of her friends. Of course, younger kids eat at home as they don’t have such a ‘grown up’ option, but my daughter also loves to visit Greggs for their meal deals and bacon rolls. Kitting her out with a gift card like the one pictured, enables her to have her ‘social’ breakfast with her mates, whilst not having to carry money with her. The school has a no cash policy so this is a safe way to give her the freedom she wants and I can just top it up when necessary.

Back to school checklist:
So here is a list of things you’ll need to consider to be prepared for when the children go back to school.

  • School uniform. Check all uniform including underwear and PE kit now to see if you need to replace or get the next size up. If you spot a deal on uniforms and have the space to store it, you may find it worthwhile to buy the next two sizes up so you have plenty of ‘stock’ for when they have a growth spurt mid-year and the stores are no longer full of school clothing!
  • Bags and equipment. Check your bags for wear and tear. Kids bags don’t tend to last as long as our adult ones as they scuff them around on their journey to school. Younger kids won’t need any equipment but your tweens and teens may have a list of things they have to get such as stationery, ringbinders and art supplies. This stuff can be expensive so know now what you need so you can spread out the cost buy buying one thing a week. If your child has a packed lunch then a nice way to start the new school year is with a new lunchbox!
  • Extra curricular activities. Will your child be participating in after school clubs next term? How about music lessons? If so ask what equipment they might need now so you can take advantage of deals in the shops such as ‘two for one’ or sales over the summer. All schools provide swimming lessons in either Key Stage One or Key Stage Two. At my son’s school, this will happen in Year 5, so I’ve got him some swim shorts and a towel with his name on, so it doesn’t get mixed up with everyone else! See the photo above for the luxurious personalised towels from online retailer Stuck On You.
  • Shoes. This is something you can leave until the week or two before school starts, in case their feet grow! Get your child’s feet measured and pick up some school shoes in their new size. School shoes are readily available from shoe shops with a skeleton range at supermarkets all year round, so unlike uniforms which sell out, it’s not necessary to buy these too early.
  • Mum’s admin! A new school year often means new sets of friends to keep track of, new teachers, a new lot of INSET days to write down and if your child has moved up a Key Stage, possibly new school start and end times too so it’s important to stay organised. I like the Mum’s Office diary shown above to keep myself in control, but any calendar or diary will help you. Consider your admin needs for the new school year and prepare now. If you need to organise childcare or wraparound care with the new school year then get your facts and information on that now and book your place.
  • Finally, have your camera charged and ready for the first day of the new school term. It’s nice to take your child’s photo at the start of the school year before shoes get scuffed and bags get tatty! It’s amazing to compare how much they’ve grown since last year!
  • Stuck On You Voucher Giveaway: ***NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED***
    Stuck On You have agreed to give one lucky JuggleMum reader a £20 voucher to spend on their website! To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is visit the Stuck On You website and have a look around, then leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite Stuck On You product is! One comment will be drawn at random from all the comments left by 12pm on Friday 24th July 2015 and you will be emailed a voucher that you can use online! When you are commenting on this blog, you have to enter your name and email address, so please use an email address that you check regularly as this is where your voucher will be sent! The winner’s name will be announced here on 24th July. Good luck!

    ***UPDATE: The lucky winner is Claire Davies – thank you to all who commented***

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    Comments to How to Get Back to School Ready!

    • Love the drinks bottle and the name labels would be perfect with little man starting school

      Dawn 7th July 2015 9:03 am Reply
    • I really love the water bottles – I’ve had to replace lables which washed off before. I also love that they do replacement lids – we’ve gone through and broken 2 bottles but only the lids because little bro likes to use school bottle at the weekend and isn’t gentle!

      Danielle Cude 9th July 2015 9:29 pm Reply
    • My favourite item is the Budding Artist Kit – a really lovely idea for all those that love to draw and colour. Wonderful site, lots of great present ideas.

      Claire Davies 11th July 2015 6:56 pm Reply
      • Well done Claire! The competition is now closed and you are the winner! Look out for an email from Stuck On You soon with your prize!

        Nadine Hill 24th July 2015 1:49 pm Reply
        • Thank you very much – Brilliant news!

          Claire Davies 24th July 2015 2:18 pm Reply
    • I will be coming back and checking this post for more great ideas.
      I have already made a list for what uniform I need to get this summer. I do love those towels with the kids names on, I think I will be investing in some of those.

      Rachel 18th July 2015 9:12 am Reply
    • Oh I do love a good bit of stationary and the personalised diary looks fantastic! What a lovely review!

      Erika 18th July 2015 10:15 am Reply
    • These are all great tips. In the Netherlands, where I live,w e don’t have school uniforms, but the idea of name-labeling clothes is sitll great for PE day.

      Astrid 18th July 2015 10:28 am Reply
    • Some good ideas I have to say on this blog post some not even thought of.

      Hannah Wood (staveley) 18th July 2015 5:16 pm Reply
    • So much to think about 😉

      I’m not too worried about getting the kids ready this year at the minute as I’m all sorted with the uniform and my daughter is going shopping with her friends to get everything else she needs x x

      Cass@frugalfamily 18th July 2015 7:34 pm Reply
      • Sounds like you’ve got it under control Cass – it’s best to be organised isn’t it!

        Nadine Hill 19th July 2015 9:55 am Reply
    • You are so right, I love to be ready for going back to school right at the beginning of the holiday, it eases the stress. I know you need to leave shoes until last but I hate how crowded the shoe shops get so my tip is find a small back street one, it’s bound to be quieter. we have one quite local that sells Clarkes shoes 🙂 I’ve visited Stuck on You and I love their water bottles, you can’t beat the stainless steel ones, they last longer and look so pretty too.

      Anne 18th July 2015 11:00 pm Reply
      • Ooh great tip on the back street shoe store!! Thanks for commenting!

        Nadine Hill 19th July 2015 9:54 am Reply
    • My son starts school in September and I have already bought all his uniform apart from the school shoes. I do love the personalised diary and I need one for the coming school year.

      Ness 19th July 2015 8:53 pm Reply
    • What a great check list I totally admit I used to love the stationery buying part of back to school.

      Sarah Bailey 19th July 2015 9:15 pm Reply
    • You are far too organised although we have bought next terms uniform. I love stuck on you

      Kara 20th July 2015 7:09 am Reply
    • Great tips. I have finished the uniform shopping and now just have to label it. I use a stamp with permanent ink. It is so simple!

      Jen 20th July 2015 10:15 am Reply
      • Oh nice! Marianne Weekes showed me the ink stamp system on our recent #MumsLikeUs virtual coffee morning which you can see here! Thanks for the tip.

        Nadine Hill 20th July 2015 10:20 am Reply
    • Loving the cool kids value pack-iron on clothing labels, so very handy, good value for money and pretty too!xx

      oana79 22nd July 2015 6:14 pm Reply
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