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By: Kimberley Cherrington
Posted on: Aug 29, 2018

The Ultimate Back to School Checklist

The summer holiday's are coming to a close and it's time to get your brood ready to start the new school term with a bang. Ensure you have all the essential items covered with The Cleaner Home's ultimate back to school checklist!


Typically, schools will issue parents with a uniform checklist prior to the start of a new term. However, here's our take on the back to school 'uniform basics':

  • 4x shirts / polo shirts
  • 2x trousers
  • 2x pinafores / skirts
  • 2x jumpers
  • Blazer
  • Cardigan / fleece
  • Tie
  • Belt (if required)
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Winter coat (preferably waterproof)
  • Woolly hat and gloves
  • Backpack

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PE Kit

Rounders, football, gymnastics - make sure they're prepared for any sporting activity with these back to school PE kit must-haves:

  • Swim shorts or swimming costume
  • T-shirt or polo shirt
  • Shorts or gym skirt
  • Plimsolls or trainers
  • Socks
  • Gym bag

Recommended: Head over to Mumsnet to see what other parents have to say about PE kits.


Allow your child to express their creativity in the classroom with these back to school stationary staples:

  • Pencil case
  • Pencils (including coloured pencils)
  • Pens (check with the school to see if they need blue or black pens)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Highlighters

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We've covered the key items, but don't forget about the following back to school necessities:

  • Name labels
  • Book bag
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle

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