Thursday, 17 August 2017

A back to school clothing guide....

It's time for me to think about shopping for uniform. Eek. Thankfully this year I don't have too much to buy. Just trousers and shirts. Becky's blazer still fits and my good friend gave me about 4 school jumpers for Ellie with the logo on which has saved me a small fortune....

Here are some top tips for getting ready for going back to school.....

Make a list of what you need and stick to it....Don’t buy extra things and don't buy things which might be nice to have. They are probably not needed.....School uniform can be expensive so don't spend more than you have to.

How much of everything do I need?
Assuming you do at least one load of washing during the week you will probably need...
3 Sweaters/ cardigans/ sweatshirts.
3 Polo shirts/shirts.
3 Trousers/skirts.
At least 10 pairs of socks - They will get lost.
A P.E Kit including plimsolls or/and trainers. My girls need plimsolls for indoor P.E and trainers for outdoor P.E lessons.
1 pair of school shoes.
A P.E bag.
A tie - If there's a clip-on/elasticated option use that it is so much easier than having to help a little one fasten a proper one each morning. Wet wipes come in handy for cleaning them.
A school coat - Waterproof and with a hood if you have to walk on the school run.
A school bagThe book bags are great for younger children but my youngest is going up into year 6 and throughout year 5 she had more things to bring home and take back to school than her book bag could have coped with. We have been using a backpack for a couple of years now.
If money is tight find out if there's a second hand uniform shop run by the school or try local Facebook selling pages....Even charity shops local to you may have uniforms....Even one's with logos.

If your family income is low, you could be eligible for funding to pay for uniform. Contact Citizens Advice or your Local Education Authority to find out more. 

If you’re struggling to afford your child’s school uniform, speak to a teacher or the head teacher at your child’s school. They may know where you can get discounts or find cheaper items. At the very least they will understand your situation better.

Double-check whether you really need it - Before you buy any item of school uniform. Many items are compulsory, but some are optional. On the uniform list my teen is said to need a netball skirt, rugby top and various other things. She doesn't.

Buy online - I went to Asda earlier in the week and had my girls try on the uniform they needed....It turns out they didn't have the size Ellie needed, or not that I could see so I thought stuff it I will just buy online. There seems to be more to choose from and certain items which are online exclusives.

At the end of the summer holidays supermarkets and high street stores are often tripping over themselves to tempt you with cheap uniform deals and BOGOFs. Buy items in the next size up.

Buy only what you have to from the official uniform store!! They are so over priced!

Instead of buying a school branded jumper, can you sew the school badge on to a generic jumper? This way you can buy cheaper items but still comply with the uniform regulations of the school.

Kids will grow - Buy as large as you can without your child absolutely swimming in the school uniform....I bought my teen the blazer in a couple of sizes bigger and folded up the sleeves....It will now probably last her until the end of school as long as she stops leaning on her elbows and wearing them out.

Don't forget to label EVERYTHING!! If you haven't got the time or the patience for sewing on name tags a biro will do!! Make sure to show your child where you've put their name, so they can check it themselves....It won't stop uniform being lost but it does help!

 If the school's uniform list gives options such as skirts or pinafores for girls and you're unsure about your child being the odd one out ask around among those with older children at the school or even look on the school website and see what the other children are wearing.

School shirts get filthy. Invest in some stain remover to soak stained polo shirts or shirts in before washing.

If your child is on the skinny side, look for trousers and skirts with adjustable waistbands....

Avoid tights for younger girls if possible.....When they do PE they will struggle to get them back on or even give them trousers to wear on PE days.

 Don't expect school shoes to last a full academic year! I have found they never do. Feet grow or they will get holes in especially when they scooter to school!

If the school list says black shoes only, don't be tempted to push the rules with blue or brown. Chances are you'll have to fork out for a second pair of shoes

Get Velcro shoes.....The teacher will struggle to help 30 children do up laces or tricky buckles on PE day....

Good luck! Happy shopping!

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