As summer comes to an end, the task of realigning your child’s routine for school can cause trouble, whether your little ones are starting kindergarten, or if they’re heading back to school after the long summer holidays.

7 essential items to have on the first day of school

1. School Shoes

Be sure to take your children school shoe shopping a few weeks in advance to the start of the school year. This will allow for your child to select the shoes that are most comfortable. It will also give them time to get used to them after a summer of flip flops and sandals

2. Lunch boxes

After using a lunchbox for a whole year, it may be time to buy a new and fresh one for your kids. Letting your children be part of the lunchbox and water bottle selection can be fun, as they can select lunchbox designs they love!

3. Sticker labels

Kids are notorious for losing for losing anything and everything! Ordering sticker labels with your child’s name and even year group ahead of the start of Term One is the perfect way to make sure your child’s belongings are labelled properly.

4. Name tags

Purchasing a unique name tag for your child’s backpack, sports bag and library bag is extremely useful for students when it comes to finding which bag is theirs in a sea of identical school bags. Name tags can include their full name, grade and an emergency contact in case the bag is lost

5. Pencil case

For many young students, buying a fun pencil case and filling it with stationery of their choice is one of the best parts about heading back to school. Be sure to equip your kids with all the necessary stationery including:

  • Lead pencils
  • Pens – black, blue and green or red.
  • Coloured pencils
  • A ruler
  • An eraser and sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Protractor
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

6. Packaged healthy snacks

Taking your kids shopping for healthy snacks for recess will allow them to choose what food they like. These can include popcorn, roasted beans or peas, rice crisps and oat bars.

7. Raincoat

It is important for your kids to carry a lightweight rain jacket to school each day so that they are protected in the case of rain.

More than 300,000 children start kindergarten in Australia every year.


For children starting kindergarten, this can be an extremely exciting, but also nerve-racking time. While it is important to lay a foundation for some independence, such as allowing children to pour their own cereal, making their bed or helping you choose their recess, it may be beneficial to do a practice run of the first day of school. This will help establish a functioning morning routine. Firmly establishing the new morning, bedtime and homework routines in advance to your kindergartner is vital so that they may transition as smoothly as possible.

Primary School:

Talk through expectations and goalswith your children as they start the next year of primary school. As your child progresses through primary school, ask them questions such as:

  • Will you participate in extracurricular activities?
  • How will you navigate new friendships?
  • What are some things that you want to change from last year?

Recount the difficulties they have conquered in the past and brainstorm additional strategies for how to approach them in the future. By talking through various scenarios, you can equip your child with confidence ahead of time.

As the summer holidays come to an end, it is essential to reaffirm daily schedules, as well as understanding your child’s goals, fears and areas of excitement about the upcoming school year so they may start the year with confidence, motivation and organisation!

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