Are you ready for back-to-school?
After a long summer, back-to-school is on the horizon, which
means the return of routine and a bit of peace and quiet… However, the last few
weeks before the school gates open once again can be just as chaotic. With a
little preparation, you can make the transition smooth for your little ones, so
they’re ready to adjust to learning in a school environment again. Here are some
of our tips for acing back-to-school preparation.
Get the necessities ahead of time
Making sure you’re stocked up on the essentials in good time
before schools reopen can save you from the stress of last-minute scrambles at
the shop. Make sure you’ve got lunch boxes, uniforms, PE kits, backpacks and stationery
at the ready to prevent starting the new school year with outgrown blazers,
broken calculators and misplaced sports bags!
Catch some Zzz and establish a good sleeping routine
If your summer holidays have been jampacked with activities
and excitement, chances are that it’s meant some later than normal nights! If
your child’s sleeping hours are out of whack, it’s important to set them up on
a consistent bedtime for the week or two prior to the start of school for those
bright n’ early mornings.
Wind down the day by dimming the lights in the house,
preparing warm baths, stopping screen time at least an hour before bed and doing
a quiet family activity such as reading a book. Studies have shown that getting
the right amount of sleep helps regenerate your brain and body, boost immunity,
improve learning, attention, behaviour and much more, so it’s one of the most
crucial back-to-school preparation to do ahead of the big day!
Start the mornings off right with a healthy breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but
it can be a stressful one with what seems like a thousand other things to do in
the morning! Getting organised with school bags, uniforms and packed lunches
the night before certainly helps save time in the morning. However, there’s
nothing more frustrating than opening the fridge to bare shelves and near-empty
milk bottles. Streamline your mornings with Creamline to ensure you’re fully
stocked and ready to go, with doorstep deliveries.
Our healthy breakfasts range is ideal for the busy back-to-school mornings. Choose from a range of
yummy Ann Forshaw farmhouse yoghurts, fresh fruit picked from local markets and
fibrous rolled oats and granola from Thatchers. Overnight oats are a nutritious
and delicious option to help save time in the morning. Remember to add your
fresh milk, dairy-free alternative Oato and juices from our Daily Essentials shop!
Keep ahead of the curve by planning lunch boxes before the
school week kicks in. BBC Good Food is chock-full of kids’ lunchbox recipes that sneak in fruit and veg with a fun and tasty twist. Adding
variety to your child’s diet and changing up their weekly lunch box ensures
they’re getting a variety of nutrients from a wide range of food groups. Explore
our greengrocer range here
for five-a-day made easy!
Create a positive environment at home
Last, but certainly not least, creating a positive
environment at home can help put your littles ones into a confident and calm
mindset ahead of the school year. Creating a peaceful and clutter-free area to
do homework is a great way to encourage afterschool learning.
On the topic of afterschool activities, why not explore some of the clubs your school provides? From sports to crafts, participating in extracurricular activities has many physical and mental benefits for children, not to mention it keeps them entertained and stimulated!