What you will need when your child first starts school

As I have 4 children, 1 having left school and two still at school, I like to think that I’m in the know when it comes to what a child needs to start school. My eldest has left school now and Harry is just about to start year one and in that time, nothing has changed!

It is an emotional time when your child starts school (no matter how many times you do it) so the last thing you need is stress over what to get. So I thought I would write a little list to help.

1) A good pair of shoes. We’ve bought cheap and they just don’t last, I’ve had to buy a few pairs in the term and it works out more expensive. If you pay a little more for shoes they last, and they sell well when the child has outgrown them. This year we have these Kickers for Harry from Jake shoes.

2) School uniform. I’ve found 3 pairs of trousers, 2 shorts (girls may prefer skirts or dresses) 4 polo shirts (if allowed) 2/3 jumpers (depends on how messy your little one is) to be enough. We usually buy 2 of everything for P.E (because they come in two packs) because it’s not an everyday thing.

3) Bags. Most schools have 1 book bag and 1 pump/P.E bag.

4) 1 drink bottle.

5) A lunchbox if you’re making lunches but we’re using the free school dinners for reception and year one.

6) Name Tags. Your child will need their name on everything! Firstly it helps them to identify their name but also will help reduce lost property. We use the My Name Tags ones.

And that is it. You may also need wellies/raincoat/hat etc if they have outdoor activities like forest school etc but you wont need those until they actually start.

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Hi, I am a SAHM to 4. Two teens, a preschooler and a baby. This is where I share some of our ups and downs of life.
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15 Responses to What you will need when your child first starts school

  1. Tinuke says:

    I remember how emotional this milestone can be! We were on holiday in Edinburgh and ended up buying school shoes whilst we were there. I sobbed as my daughter strutted up and down the shop in her shoes! I hope Harry has an awesome time at school xxxx

  2. Katie says:

    Great list. My eldest starts preschool in September so this has reminded me to order labels! Xx

  3. Brilliant list of essentials, Olly starts reception in September and it’s good to know from your experience I ‘think’ I’ve got everything!

  4. Ceri says:

    Great list! Totally agree with the good shoes thing! Hope he has a lovely time at school

  5. Cat Williams says:

    Some great tips. We’ve got one whole year left to go and I’m dreading it already

    Cat x

  6. A great post, and as a fellow mum of 4 I completely agree. I’ve also started getting summer hats in the sale at September and putting aside for when the weather takes a turn for the better later in the year. x

  7. Dawn says:

    Ah another mum of four here. Only my eldest two are in school but Definetly agree about the shoes. A good pair really does last!

  8. I’m definitely going to need this list next year! I’ll definitely be going to good quality shoes, they last so much longer don’t they x

  9. Alyssa says:

    I’ve been having this discussion about shoes. My son is starting in Sept and I didn’t know what to do.

  10. I’m off to check out Jake shoes now because I need a pair that will last with my little tornado 🙂 thank you for this! ox

  11. Sarah says:

    I can’t believe I’m reading this because I NEED to! I’m going to be an absolute mess come September!
    The shoes sound great, I still need to get some sorted. And name tags…ah there’s so much to do!! Xx

  12. Vicki says:

    We had three jumpers last year and couldn’t keep up with washing them! I’m hoping year one is not as messy haha! I’m ordering our logo bulk this weekend!

  13. Hannah says:

    I’ll need to refer back to this in a year’s time when Toby’s about to start! Good to have a recommendation for shoes xx

  14. What a fab list! I think you’re right about the shoes, I never thought about selling them on, that’s such a good idea. It’s not always true but with some things you definitely get what you pay for! x

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