Guest Blogger Series: Top Ten Tips For Back To School – Nine To Three Thirty

Guest Blogger Series: Top Ten Tips For Back To School - Nine To Three Thirty

Welcome back to the next instalment in my Guest Blogger Series. This week we are looking at some really handy tips for going back to school with the lovely Erica who blogs over at Nine To Three Thirty. First of all, as usual, here is a little bit about Erica.

“I’m Erica Price, a mum of one 10-year-old boy.  I’ve been blogging about family lifestyle at Nine to Three Thirty (named for the hours of the school day) for over 6 years and I write about food over at A Little Luxury For Me. When I’m not blogging I like to fit in learning German, Iyengar Yoga and lots of reading.”

Guest Blogger Series: Top Ten Tips For Back To School - Nine To Three Thirty

Top Ten Tips For Back To School

We’re veterans now at the back to school routine as my son is now about to start in Year 6.  One thing I’ve learnt is that it is tough fitting back into the school morning routine after 6 weeks away from it over the summer.  So here are my top 10 tips for making those first few days a bit easier.

  1. Possibly a bit later now, but as the PE kit is laundered return it to the PE bag, so it’s ready to go and doesn’t get lost.
  2. Get everything out the night before especially for that first day back. It will make life a lot easier.
  3. Sort out the money side. Write the cheques, find the cash or top up the dinner money credit for things like school meals and school fun.  I try to do this a day or 2 before school starts.
  4. Create a school lunch box/after school snack station or cupboard to keep everything together. It will be easier to find things and you’ll know if you are running low on anything.
  5. If you are doing packed lunches make them the night before at least for that first day and pop the lunch in the fridge. Another way of getting ahead is to freeze your sandwiches – you could even do a week’s worth at a time – they will defrost by lunchtime as long as they aren’t made from very thick bread.
  6. Check or recheck that things like trousers and shoes still fit if you are planning to reuse last years. Tops are usually a bit more forgiving, but tight shoes are painful and trousers at mid shin look silly.
  7. Check existing clothes for repairs. Polish those shoes if you are reusing last year’s (Well done!)
  8. Make sure any new clothes are labelled. Do it as a bulk session as it saves time.
  9. Write any important school dates or events into your diary or put into your phone calendar. It’s also worth building in a reminder about days that need special equipment for the first few weeks until you get into a routine at least e.g. Mondays is musical instrument lesson day, so your child needs their cello.
  10. Get grumpy children to look on the bright side about going back: they’ll get to see all their friends again.




Blog: Nine to Three Thirty


This was like a warning for me with my Little Man starting school next week. I can’t believe I’ve all this to look forward to over the next few years! Thank you, Erica for writing it for us and sharing your wealth of experience and don’t forget to take your badge!

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20 Comment

  1. Reply
    The Mummy Bubble
    5th September 2017 at 6:19 am

    Brillinf tips! Mine don’t start school for a few years but it’s never too early to learn how to make it easier on all of us x #triumphanttales

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      5th September 2017 at 7:11 pm


  2. Reply
    5th September 2017 at 7:07 am

    Great tips! I can’t believe the summer holidays are over already! It’s gone so quickly! #TriumphantTales

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      5th September 2017 at 7:05 pm

      It sure did! In fact the whole year is passing by in a blur.

  3. Reply
    5th September 2017 at 10:33 am

    We are not even close to school days yet although I am sure those 2 years will fly by. Great tips #triumphanttales

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      5th September 2017 at 7:00 pm

      They really do. It seems like yesterday I was 2 years away!

  4. Reply
    5th September 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Luckily my lb isnt in school or anything yet, but its good to know there are tips and advice for preparing the little ones and yourself xx #TriumphantTales

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      5th September 2017 at 6:57 pm

      They are handy coming from a first timer like myself!

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    5th September 2017 at 2:28 pm

    great tips. I gotta say two of the four are back in school and so far so good here. We shall see how we hold up when the twins get their patutes to preschool this week


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      5th September 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Good luck with that! Day one went well for us!

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    RainbowsR2Beautiful (@rainbowsaretoo)
    5th September 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Lost the jumper today and guess what – forgot the nametag! Great tips #triumphantales

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      5th September 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Oh no! It can only get better!

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    Laura Dove
    6th September 2017 at 5:54 pm

    If only I had read these in July. I realised yesterday that the PE kits had been lost between going into the washing machine and being placed back into the PE bags, I had to make a mad dash to buy new ones! Grr! #triumphanttales

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      14th September 2017 at 7:14 pm

      I have all of this to look forward to!! 🙂

  8. Reply
    7th September 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve just been through what I call ‘trousergate’ so next year I need to prepare and manage the uniform situation better!


    Elf x

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      7th September 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Sounds ominous!! 🙂

  9. Reply
    10th September 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Fab tips love this feature thanks for hosting #triumphanttales

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      10th September 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Nige 🙂

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    So Happy In Town (@SoHappyInTown)
    10th September 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Great tips. My eldest has just gone into year 6 too which I can’t quite believe, so we’ve got most things down to a fine art. #TriumphantTales

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      11th September 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Ah, plenty of years practise!

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