The essential back to school checklist

It's hard to believe the school holidays have come and gone but it's time to get jump back into the routine of packing lunches and drop-offs. To help you cope with the stress of getting things sorted before school kicks off for 2017, we've jotted down five handy tips for you to get stuck into.

Have you bought school books and stationery?

Making sure you have the allocated textbooks is very important, as is stocking up on pencils, pens, markers, notebooks and any other necessarystationary. This process can become more expensive the older your child is; a Prep will have access to most stationery in the classroom, while a Year 12 studying mathematics will need a scientific calculator.

Do uniforms and school shoes still fit?

Kids can grow at the rate of knots and the last thing youwant is to have them try on their uniform the night before school and somethingno longer fits. To avoid this issue, do this early in the holidays and giveyourself a chance to buy new clothes and shoes if you need to.

Have you organised transport to and from school?

Does your child walk the school, catch the bus or do youdrop them off in the car? No matter the answer, ensure they are familiar withtheir schedule, which could include changes during the week due to extracurricular activities like sport training or music practice.

Are school bags and lunchboxes in working order?

You've got books and uniforms sorted but what about theschool bag or the lunchbox? The pair can be very durable but if your child istransitioning from primary to high school, or about to begin their seniorsecondary education, they could well benefit from a bigger bag to lug the extrabooks home.

Is there an area at home for studying?

Motivating your child to prioritise their homework is atough assignment so it's vital to create an area that's conducive to effectivestudy. Try choosing a quiet area of the house that's free of distraction with acomfortable chair and desk space.

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