Back to School Plan with Nurch

Our partner, Nurch Childcare Loyalty Rewards, has put together this great list of tips to help you get ready for the new school year.

It’s not long now until we see our little ones go to school or back-to-school. Navigating school and childcare over the past two years has been mind-boggling with the constant hurdles and changes COVID has thrown at us. So, let’s make your life a little easier with some handy tips on getting ready to say ‘goodbye’ to summer holidays and ‘hello’ to a new school year!

School Shoes

They’re expensive and you need multiple pairs, but do you really? The simple answer is, no. If we’re talking primary school, take advantage of being able to opt for a black leather running shoe. This meets the leather shoe criteria to meet uniform requirements, and it can be used with the sport uniform too.

Where to find them: Rebel Sport, Myer, David Jones, Big W, Target, K-Mart and Athlete’s Foot all sell these types of leather running shoes. Better yet, cash in your Nurch points at one of these stores and enjoy the perks of free shoes.

Exercise and Text Books

Apart from uniforms, the next kicker is stationery and textbooks! The school will provide a list. You can now get these from Big W and K-Mart, although Officeworks is one of the best stocked options. Purchasing books and stationery can be a tedious process; some schools offer a service that will arrange this for you for a small fee so be sure to ask.

Hint: If you’re in the position, at the end of the year, donate unused exercise books and textbooks to other families. Or, help fund the following year by selling them.

Get Your Kids Into a Routine Now

Did you know it takes 21 days to make or break a habit? In this case, introducing a new routine. Wake your kids up as they would wake up for a school day. Play and entertain them for the amount of time they’ll spend at school. Introduce an afternoon routine of snacking, concentration time (i.e. homework) before dinner and bed routine.

Sit at a desk or table and read books with your child. Grab some flashcards from K-Mart – if you’re a Nurch member – or find some Reading Eggs or age appropriate activity books to get their little brains ready for the year ahead. Concentration is key, so nurture their skills that encourage it. You’ve got a creative kiddo? Drawing, playing with lego, board games and even painting is great too.

What to Buy and Do

Overwhelmed or unfamiliar with back-to-school processes? Check out our great printable ‘Back-to-School Checklist’ we’ve created, that includes a list of things you might need to buy or do before your little one goes to school, along with a few other things you might not have thought of too! Just click on the checklist image to download a copy.

Start Talking Scenarios

Conversations with your child can help mentally prepare for situations that can occur, and help ease any anxiety that might come with being in a new environment.

  • How can primary school be different from Kindergarten, such as class etiquette
  • If your child is feeling unwell, unsafe, uneasy, who can they talk to and where can they go for help?
  • How can your child best manage different personalities and kids who like different things
  • What is the best way to deflect unfavourable behaviour?

Be Prepared to go ‘Virtual’

Virtual learning could quite possibly be around for a while. Prepare a space in your home where your child could participate in classes with minimal interruptions (easier said than done for some, albeit!). Make sure that if there is a snap lockdown that you have the technology to press ‘go’, asap.

If your son or daughter graduated Kindergarten or Preschool at Imagine Childcare, and you have a brand new preppie this year – we’d love to see photos! Tag Imagine Childcare on Facebook or Instagram.

Good luck from Nurch and Imagine Childcare and welcome to 2022!

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