Back to school: Tips to prepare yourself and kids for school

Make sure you are organized and your kids are prepared for going back to school next week with this very handy checklist of all the things you need to do.

A Handy Checklist to Help You Prepare Yourself and Your Kids for School

Here is a checklist to get you started:

Prepare your kids for going back to school

Reinstate routines

Morning and Evening Routines – Routine charts work really well to help you avoid repeating yourself or scolding before school and before bedtime. Creating a chart and displaying it on the wall will let your children know what you expect from them and will encourage them to perform the tasks independently.

If you already have done this then look back and see if any changes need to be made, every household and family is different so you might need to re-evaluate your routine charts to make sure that your routines gave your optimal results last term, if not, simply change some things around to make it work for your family.

Reinforce proper sleeping hours

My kids go to bed at the same time whether it’s holidays or school time but I know that a lot of other parents are a bit more lenient during the school holidays.

Now is a good time to get them back into a proper bedtime so you don’t struggle with them on the night before school starts. These are the recommended sleeping hours based on age:

  • 3-6 years: 10-12 hours
  • 7-12 years: 10-11 hours
  • 12-18 years: 8-9 hours

Encourage independence

Use this week to practice tying shoelaces, how to open a yoghurt, peeling a banana, etc. so they can be as independent as possible when they go back to school.

Prepare yourself

Plan lunchboxes

Plan lunchbox ideas for the upcoming weeks and make sure you shop for supplies. I have a Pinterest board full of fabulous lunchbox ideas for inspiration here.

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Take inventory of school uniforms

We can never keep track of shirts and socks no matter how meticulously I label their belongings! Case in point, my son has somehow ended up with only 3 and a half winter grey socks!

  • Check if any gym or school shoes need to be replaced.
  • Mend or replace any clothing items required for the new term
  • Have the kids polish their shoes by themselves

Make sure that everything is labelled

School supplies are so expensive when all the little costs are added up. Make sure that EVERYTHING including every item of clothing, lunchboxes, bags, stationary, etc. is labelled and you will usually find any lost items coming back to it’s rightful owner.


Fill your calendar

Check with the school website and make sure your calendar for the upcoming term is properly dated with any upcoming school events, meetings, etc.

Wash all the bags

Clean all the kids bags by wiping down all the backpacks, book bags and chair bags with a damp cloth.

Disinfect lunchboxes and water bottles

I disinfect my kids’ lunchboxes and water bottles using a bit of Albex bleach diluted in water. Just be sure to properly rinse and dry before use.

I believe that in being organized for the start of the new school term we can spend more time putting the kids focus eagerly anticipating going back to school. Being organized and preparing beforehand will also make the back to school process less stressful for us parents!

Did you find these tips helpful? Why don’t you leave a comment below and tell me what you do to prepare for sending your kids back to school.