Starting school essentials

I may have already mentioned this once or twice (ok I don’t shut up about it) but my biggest girl will be starting school in September. That’s right proper big school and I am a mixture of excited for her, nervous for her and a little bit extremely devastated she’s all grown up but sensible heads on I am putting together a checklist for all the bits Maisy is going to need come September to embark on her new adventure..

school essentials

  1. Uniform – so an obvious one they of corse need uniform but where to buy it from is the question – so far I have got some T-shirts from Asda and I bought a couple of dresses but I am not overly impressed with them they feel bit thin they will be properly put to the test after a few washes. I also have some bits from Peacocks which feel a great quality and were still very reasonably priced. The rest of the bits will come from the uniform shop to have the logo on!
  2. Lunch box/bag this depends on whether you are getting school dinners or taking a packed lunch, Maisy’s certain she wants to take a packed lunch it’s really exciting for her so we have a new lunch bag from Ulster Weaver, I also have a competition running at the moment for them so check that out here.
  3. This Snacky Wonder from JML has been great for kids recently really good size non spill drink cup that has a big snack pot in the top so ideal for on the run and also for school with a little snack in there for break time.
  4. First day at school book I love this a sweet little personalised story book for the kids this will be ideal for those who are a little nervous about starting school, you can also include a personalised message on the inside so makes a lovely keepsake.
  5. Stationary is always needed post it notes are for us mum’s I have a ton of dates for meet the teacher/settling in/start dates blah blah so I’m sticking notes all over my fridge! Also who doesn’t need a minion USB in their life I definitely do really great for older children as well.
  6. Labels labels labels – if there one thing I have learnt through nursery life that is to label everything! Petit Fernand have an amazing range of labels for all sorts – iron on, stick on, ones to go in shoes they have all bases covered and they are really cute as well you can choose a little logo and the colour you like to make them perfect for your child – really impressed by these, I’ll be running a competition for Petit Fernand in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Hope my little checklist has helped if you have a little one starting school soon, what would your essentials be?

Disclaimer: I was sent the above products to review before I chose to include them in my guide, all opinions are my own. 


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  1. July 29, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Aw what a cute personalised book for starting school! Sienna doesn’t start for another 2 years but I will try and remember this for her! x
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  2. July 29, 2015 / 2:15 pm

    Great post, very practical list! I will have to take note once my little ones start, eek 🙂

  3. July 29, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Great list – I love the book & the little paper especially. I’ll be on the look out for your competition!! Thanks so much for hosting #KidsCorner x

  4. July 29, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    This is a great checklist for me as my daughters will be starting school in September. You have reminded me that I wanted to remember labels! I will definitely look into the Petit Fernand ones as they sound really good.
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  5. July 29, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I got some cheap polo shirts from Tesco but will be buying the checkered red Summer dresses from Asda- the ones with the zip and a cute butterfly! My daughter likes them! Of course the other thing I need to stock up on is iron-on name tags so my daughter does not lose her clothes at school. Before I used these, I lost a lot of cardigans!

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  6. July 29, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you’re going to be having one at school! I still have two years before Zach starts thank goodness! It must be pretty exciting getting ready for it though – such a big moment! Thanks for hosting #kidscorner 🙂

  7. July 30, 2015 / 5:19 am

    Monkey won’t start school until next year but I really like the look of the book – will have to see if I can get him a copy xx #Kidscorner
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  8. July 30, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I have a feeling that some September everything will be fine 🙂
    And I agree – labels! In everything!!!! Kids are so forgetful

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