Back-to-School checklist

August 28th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Back-to-School checklist

At the end of a fantastic Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford summer it’s time to take a look at the back-to-school checklist. It’s important to be ready before the school routine begins.

So sort out those uniforms, don’t forget the gym and sports kit. What doesn’t fit any more and what do you need to buy? If you are new to Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford it might all need to be new.

Remember to check any outstanding school paperwork, sometimes there are consent forms and medical forms to update. If you have recently moved home you will need to update the school. 

On the first day of school, your kids will probably come home with 5-10 papers for you to sign. Make a space in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home where your kids can regularly leave the paperwork that requires your attention.

You will probably already have a list of the specific school supplies your child will need from the school. But do the kids need any new bags or and planners or organizers, in addition to the regular assortment of pencils and pens?

Have you got your childcare in place? Double check that your nanny childminder knows what day school starts, and understands when you’ll need him or her to be available. It’s a good time to confirm or review payments and the planned payment schedule.

It’s good to start getting the kids to get up in the morning so it’s not such a shock in the first week of school. If your kids have been staying up extra late this summer, you want to gradually move their bedtimes up by about fifteen minutes a night. This will make bedtimes easier on you when school begins, and it will help relieve the back-to-school jitters and insomnia. You'll want to be sure your kids are getting plenty of sleep when school starts so they can start their Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford Autumn term at their best.