A Guide to What Your Child Needs for School

When the new school year rolls around, there will be a number of items you’ll need to pick up in order to give your child the proper start to the academic year. Unfortunately, few of these will last for the whole duration of the year and that means they’ll need replacing.

A Guide to What Your Child Needs for School 

Making sure you have purchased everything your child requires can lead to some stressful shopping trips, as you hurry between shops looking for clothes, stationary and sports equipment. But planning ahead will prevent this. So, what does your child need to stay on top at school?

  1. School shoes


A decent pair of school shoes are incredibly important to your child – especially if you consider how long they’ll be spending in them. A pair of uncomfortable shoes will limit their ability to concentrate, making it difficult for them to achieve to their full potential.


If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the range of Kickers school shoes. They design and manufacture shoes that are both stylish and durable, and have become one of the leading brands on the market. Though you may have second thoughts about buying good shoes for a child whose feet are constantly growing, it is well worth the investment.


  1. Stationary


When it comes to stationary, it’s best to make sure that your child has a good supply of the basic essentials. You can then ask their teachers what else they will require over the course of the year. This basic list will include items such as pens, pencils, sharpeners, coloring pencils, highlighters and a calculator. Don’t rush out and buy the most expensive equipment available though, as kids are bound to lose or break things. Some establishments even provide certain materials themselves, so check what’s on offer before you hit the shops.

  1. Lunchbox


If your child will be eating packed lunches regularly at school, it’s definitely worth investing in a good lunch box. The design that works best for your child will depend on their preferences, so this is a good opportunity to take your child out shopping. It may even get them a little excited about the new school year! Make sure you get a lunch box that has plenty of room to fit all of the essentials. Otherwise, you may find your child trying to discard their fruit in order to fit in another chocolate biscuit!





  1. Amy Orvin says:

    Those are all great things to have before starting school. I remember getting ready for school. That was fun, but school wasn’t.


  2. I’m lucky because in my town, the PTA collects money from all the parents (who wish to participate) and get all their supplies. I think $5 of it goes to the PTA or something like that, but for me -it’s well worth it not to run around looking for specific items on a long list of things they need. Now all I have to worry about is getting them new clothes, shoes, backpacks and lunchboxes.

  3. Sandy VanHoey says:

    There are so many things a child needs before going back to school and throughout the year. I know I need to get my grandson a different lunchbox kit so we can eliminate plastic sandwich bags.

  4. This is such a hot button of mine. Clothes and lunchboxes are one thing….but I’m not fond of teachers asking for tissues, sanitizers, snacks, rulers, markers, etc.

    But I do agree with looking at the back to school sales if you choose to do this. You can find some good deals.

  5. Betty Baez says:

    My son will be startbg school this year for the first time I’m so nervous!

  6. I always start early, even going as far as purchasing school supplies after the year begins and they go on clearance, for the following year!

  7. School isn’t over yet but I’m going to start early this year. My daughter doesn’t tolerate gluten so I have to make her lunches this year. Its going to be a challenge.

  8. Sarah L says:

    Start early and spread purchases out over the summer.

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