Back To School: How To Get Everyone Ready


Education Parenting & Family Advice | by | 14th Aug 2017

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What’s the best way to get kids ready to go to back to school? We look at the challenges and how to overcome them, so that you’re all ready for that first day back.

Getting ready to go back to school after a summer holiday period can be difficult for both the parents and the children. It can leave both sides filled with dread and anxiety.

For parents there can be the headache of getting a new school uniform. And that’s before you think of PE kit, stationary, school bags etc. For new pupils there’s a big adjustment from a relaxing summer of fun to alarm clocks, deadlines and school days.

I am not sure who has it worse when it comes to back to school, parents or the children?

So let us have a look at what we can do to calm the situation and make life a little easier for both parents and the children.

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School uniform

Get it as soon as you can when it comes into the shops. Unless your child has an amazing growth spurt then it will still fit them a in a couple of weeks time. This also includes school shoes and PE kit with trainers if needed. If your child is eligible for free school meals, then you maybe able to apply for a grant of up to £105 to help with uniform costs.

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Bedtime routine

Next it is useful to start getting the children back into the school frame of mind. Give them a good start and a couple of days before school. Start getting them back into the routine of earlier nights to bed and getting up earlier. Ease them back in slowly, as six weeks off school is a lifetime for a child!

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School visit and route

Are they going up to the next school after the holidays? Most schools would have arranged a trip first during the previous school year. However be aware that they will be welcomed to the secondary school in batches over a couple of days. This is so they do not overwhelm them, and help them to become accustomed to the school. You may also want to practice the best route to the new school with them.

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The most important meal of the day

Don’t forget a good breakfast is the best start for the day for your child. Also make sure that if they are taking a packed lunch then you have been shopping and have a good mix of healthy food for your child’s lunch. However if they are having school dinners, then make sure that your child has enough money or their dinner card is loaded.

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The big day

Try not to let the morning of getting ready for school become too chaotic or stressful, as this will leave both you and your child wound up for a while. Neither of you will settle straight away. However getting everything ready the night before will ease the pressure a little. So get the clothes out ready to put on, the school bag packed, and shoes in position. You’ll be out the door in no time. Best of luck!

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FamilyPoint Helpline

If there are any other problems your family is having, then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.

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