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Unlike some parents, the thought of my children going to school hadn’t really crossed my mind when we found out we were expecting. Whenever I hear about parents putting their unborn children’s names down for their preferred school, it still baffles me. Maybe it’s the future planning and super organisation that’s not in my nature, squished out of me by my horizontally laid-back husband.

Or maybe it’s because I knew the private system wasn’t ever going to be an option for us and primary schools waiting lists don’t exist where I live. So when I received Sebastian’s school application at the end of last year, panic swept over me. He actually has to go to school? As a September baby, I feel lucky I’ve had him for an extra year at home. Dipping in and out of nursery, holidays when we want and letting him develop at his own pace. Now he seems more than ready to go.

“It’s bright yellow – need I say more…”

He knows a few children from his nursery in his class but he’s not so keen on his uniform. Neither am I. It’s bright yellow – need I say more… But the thing I have a real aversion to is school admin. I spent two hours one Friday morning hearing the headteacher talk us through school policies, school lunches and milk money.

Sebastian has really impressed me with his positive approach to school which wasn’t the case when he started nursery. He’s one to cry, he likes observe and can often be quite reserved, but with this new milestone, he’s been truly excited for his next adventure. I have to say I have enjoyed the school shoe fitting, the name label ordering and when his teacher came for Sebastian’s home visit, I was so proud at how Sebastian responded to her, interacting politely and listening intently.

“I was the one at the school gates, holding on for one more cuddle, reassuring that everything’s going to be ok”

I just can’t believe he’s now at school. On the 6th September, I was the one at the school gates, holding on for one more cuddle, reassuring that everything’s going to be ok and I was waiting with anticipation when school was out. This is his biggest milestone yet. They’ll be firm friendships made and a big foundation slab added to his character but he’s doing that that independently, as school boy. I couldn’t be more proud.

These were my five back-to-school essentials
  • I love JCrew’s Crewcuts range of backpacks, lunchboxes and pencil cases. They just give the regular kit a bit of an upgrade. Durable and fun, you’ll love them as much as they do.
  • I love the traditional name labels that I remember from my own school days. WovenLabelsuk sell everything from iron-on style to sticker but most importantly, the old school woven ones. You can even choose the colour of the lettering and you can also add a picture. Sebastian wanted rainbow writing with a footballer which will help his clothes standout from the rest. If sewing isn’t your thing, you can buy rivvet fasteners which you use to attach the labels so you get the sewn in look without the work.
  • I’ve bought a couple of handwriting “starting school” books from Tesco. They’re wipe clean which make them reusable and fun and they have helped Sebastian keep up the good work he had achieved in pen grip and forming letters and words whilst at nursery.
  • John Lewis is the best place to get your children’s feet measured. They’re happy to help and give advice and there’s no pressure to purchase. I bought Start-Rite shoes because I always had them growing up, but I also liked the fact that they’re smart, yet stylish, and they have a Velcro fastening.
  • It’s so nice that Sebastian’s going to the nearest (and luckily our first choice) school. It’s a five-minute walk so it looks like he’ll be getting a new micro-scooter to arrive at school in style. He’s grown out of his first one so it seems fitting he’ll have a big boy scooter for his big boy milestone.
Lauren Murdoch-Smith
@laurenmurdochsmith
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