Back to school checklist

What you need to do before sending kids back to school


So the holidays are drawing to an end, which means one thing - It’s time to get organised for school. Whether your child is just starting ‘big school’ or already in high school, these tips will help prevent a last-minute rush, making the return to routine stress-free, smooth and enjoyable for everyone.

Before term starts
Vaccinations – is each child up to date? Photocopy vaccination and health records to give to the school if needed. Update school medical records if needed.

Dental and medical check ups – get these done before a busy term ahead

Eye tests – essential if your child needs glasses, or wears them

Organise hair cuts

Check emergency contact information held by the school – is it correct?

School uniform – does it still fit? Arrange a trip to the school supplier, or pay a visit the school ‘nearly-new’ shop or sale.

Name labels – order them, and then start sewing or ironing them in! Best done in front of a good film on the sofa!

Bedtime routine – gradually start easing the child back into earlier bedtimes and earlier wake-ups. By doing this the first day need not be such a shock to the system!

Buy a year planner – stick it on the wall, mark up term dates, add to as term progresses!

Pick up and drop off – what are the exact times for each child?

The school run – do you know the way, and more importantly, the short-cuts? Check where you can park and for how long. Sort out lift shares with other mums and dads! If your child is getting the bus, fill out the forms, and check how it works

Afterschool – mark on planner all afterschool activities, including afterschool care.

Get the tissues ready – the start of a year is emotional, however old your child is. Be prepared for a few tears!

School bag essentials
Sunhat or cap

Water bottle – preferably one that keeps the water cold

Lunch box

Snack (nut-free)

Pencil case (pencils, pens, sharpener and ruler)

Pocket tissues or handkerchief

Handwipes or sanitizer

Change of clothes or undies

Art smock

PE or swimming kit

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