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A Back to School essentials checklist for a COVID-19 world - the ultimate guide

If you're anxious about sending your little one back to school, don't worry, and tick off these classroom essentials...

The pandemic has meant parents have had to be even more organised when it comes to kids and their school essentials. If you want to get sorted early, we’ve rounded up everything you might need for the first day back in September. Whether you're looking for a school uniform checklist, a guide about what to pack in the school bag, or a face mask for school (even though face coverings are no longer legally required) - these are the best buys for the next academic year. Get your hands on all the stationery, protective face coverings, technology, clothing, and accessories for your little ones. 

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School uniform essentials checklist 

It's all about washing and hygiene in a post-COVID-19 world, so there's never been a more important time to make sure that you have plenty of uniform to allow daily washing of the most important items. Thankfully with some really great deals around, there's no need for a back to school uniform upgrade to break the bank.

  • Shirts / blouses / polo shirts
  • Skirts / pinafores / dresses / trousers
  • Summer dress
  • Jumpers and/or cardigans
  • Tie
  • Blazer
  • Coat 
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • School shoes
  • School socks and/or tights
  • Pants / briefs / vests
  • Schoolbag / backpack 

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L-R: Unisex school jumperpinafore dress, short-sleeved shirt

School sports kit essentials checklist

While some schools have limited contact sports due to a lack of social distancing, PE lessons are going ahead. Changing rooms will be the biggest concern for schools so it's more important than ever to ensure all kids have easy-to-throw-on PE kits and it must all be clearly named.

  • School plimsolls and/or trainers
  • Polo shirt / Sweatshirt
  • Shorts / Joggers
  • Swimming costume / trunks
  • Sports bag

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Protective essentials for school 

As of 17 May, face masks are no longer required to be worn in schools. But if your child uses buses or public transport, or travels on a school run with friends, face coverings are advised. Providing your child with one for each direction is important and experts suggest keeping a couple of spares in a school bag for the inevitable times when they get lost or left behind. There's also a huge array of health-protecting devices such as wipes for your child's phone, clip-on hand sanitizers and even antimicrobial desk pads that can help keep viruses at bay as winter approaches.

  • Back to school face masks
  • Face mask holder
  • Hand sanitiser (FYI, you can buy ones on key chains to hang on school bags)
  • Contactless door opener
  • Antimicrobial desk pads 
  • Antimicrobial phone cases 
  • Phone cleaning wipes
  • Hand wipes
  • UV sanitisers

L-R: Face mask, hand sanitiser for kids

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Schoolbag essentials checklist

Some schools are requesting children provide their own laptop - with the key being that they are small and light, and carry enough charge to get through a school day. Sharing is also no longer a wise idea, so for so glues, rubbers, scissors - all the things that usually get lost as soon as school term starts - need to be bought in bulk this year.

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  • Laptop and / or iPad / and or mobile phone
  • Headphones
  • Chargers 
  • Portable power bank 
  • Lunchbox and water bottle
  • Stationery
  • Pens and pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil case
  • Tissues
  • Spare hairband
  • Sun lotion if it’s sunny
  • Apron / lab coat if needed
  • Spare dinner money or bus fare
  • Small umbrella 
  • Home address and any relevant contact numbers

L-R Pencil casewater bottle, highlighters

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