The summer term has only just ended, but already the high street and TV are awash with adverts about kids going back to school in September for the autumn term. If this coming term will be your child’s first at school, you may well feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of things you need to buy, in addition to the nerves of seeing your baby growing up. School supplies needn’t mean remortgaging your house and with ASDA George’s range of school uniform you can get all the things you need at good prices and under one roof.
The start of September in the UK has typically unpredictable weather, and this makes buying the appropriate uniform difficult. Leaving the school shopping too late to wait and see what the weather will do is not a great option either, as most shops sell out of many sizes well before the start of the new term. Plan ahead and buy winter uniform in the size, or size above, that you expect your child to be in September, and buy summer uniform in a larger size. This means that if September isn’t warm you can still use what summer uniform you have bought come the summer term of next year, and nothing is wasted.
Boys will need shorts and trousers, and probably at least two pairs of each. You can buy uniforms from George at ASDA that are easy to wash, care for and that put up with what kids will put them through on a daily basis. Encourage your son to try on his uniform in advance of starting school, as this will allow you to return any ill fitting items, and get him used to wearing it.
In addition to the bottom halves you will need at least 3 polos or shirts, whichever your school’s uniform policy dictates. Less than this number is fine if you make sure you remember to chuck them in the wash, as hardly a day will pass that they don’t come home grubby; apparently it’s all part of the learning process.
Most schools will give you the option to choose between a pinafore dress and a skirt, with a shirt or polo. Some will now let you send girls in trousers or calottes too provided they are smart. Check the uniform policy before you buy anything, but in the first year most schools are pretty liberal with the rules on dress so that the children can settle in and be comfortable.
Girl’s shirts come in more varieties than boys and they range from the basic plain straight shirts to fancier slimmer polos with scallop collars. Again it is wise to check the uniform policy first but if anything goes then letting your daughter choose will help her feel part of the process of starting school.
For both boys and girls make sure you have enough socks, pants and vests for one of each of these per day. Vests will only become useful when the temperature drops, and you may want to change the type of socks they wear too when it gets colder with girls switching to tights.
Be prepared in advance, don’t go crazy and buy everything under the sun, and try to enjoy the moment. They will only start school once, and before you know it you’ll be stocking up on uniform for the next year!