As many of you know Paige isn't in proper school yet but she is at a school nursery. She is attending 5 mornings a week to get her ready for reception next year. For nursery and school there are essential items that you need. For us it was comfy trousers without buttons, velcro shoes and a backpack. For others it's uniforms, shoes, lunch boxes and a backpack. Each school is different and of course each child is different so there needs might be different.
When buying these items it's really easy to go overboard and spend a fortune, there are so many cute items and most children do like to ask for lots of different things. Great British Bingo recently conducted a survey to find out exactly how much parents spend on back to school essentials. Surprisingly to me the majority (51.9%) said they spent between £0-10 and 17.7% said they spent £10-50. Us personally spent between £10-50 on Paige for nursery which for me I'd think was the average. I guess quite a few people reuse items from the previous year or use hand me downs, something we couldn't do this year.
I tried to keep our spending to minimum. I got Paige simple leggings and t shirts from Primark. Her coat is one from last year. We had to get new velcro shoes and they came from Asda, she picked lovely (garish) pink Peppa Pig ones but she loves them. She wanted a Sophia The First backpack too which I found on eBay for only £5.
Back to school season is so exciting and a little bit scary for us as parents and our babies. Learning to let them go just that little bit is sometimes hard to do.
How much did you spend on back to school essentials?