Baby Hints & Tips

Starting School Checklist

by Tanya

There are a number of things that can make the new school year begin smoothly. Here are some hints and tips to help you get organised and keep the stress to a minimum.

General

  • LABELS for all clothing, shoes, drink bottle, containers, backpack etc (I used Stuck on you and they were fabulous, stuck well and lasted all year)
  • Uniform, including school hat
  • Comfortable shoes that can be worn a whole day
  • Sunscreen, use before school and teach your child to reapply at lunch time. Roll on is easiest
  • Lunchbox that your child has practised opening
  • Freezer brick to keep lunch cold through summer
  • Separate container for morning tea
  • Drink bottle
  • Backpack
  • Spare clothes and shoes in case of an accident in a plastic bag (which can then be used for dirty clothes)
  • If this is your child’s first year, walk past the school, talk about how exciting it is, go play in the school playground. Get them comfortable with the idea.

For home

  • Find a place to keep the backpack when your child gets home
  • Check the backpack every day for notes and any half eaten food.
  • Find a place to keep the notes and copy important dates onto the calendar
  • Create a system to store the copious amount of art and creations sent home
  • Bookmark the school website, join their facebook page and subscribe to their newsletter to keep up to date

Lunch

  • Get lunch ready the night before or at least pre-planned, you will be surprised how time flies in the morning
  • Fill drink bottles and keep them in the fridge
  • Put the freezer brick back in the freezer
  • Make a batch of muffins, biscuits, slice on the weekend so you have snacks ready to go

DO NOT be late to school

  • Be organised and be on time, it is not fair on your child when they are late
  • Be on time/early to pick your child up

Coping

  • Be prepared for tears and be ready to stay a while
  • If your child is not coping discuss tactics with the teacher eg shorter days, your child starting a little later when everything is settled.

Parent Helpers

  • DO it
  • This helps you know what your child is doing and gives your child such excitement and pride that their parent helped out

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