How Many Pairs of Shoes etc for Reception

(29 Posts)
glowfrog Thu 11-Aug-16 11:53:30

Hello all

So DD1 is starting school in September- yay! - and I am just wondering how many of clothes items she might need to get through the week.

Does she need 2 pairs of shoes and some kind of outfit for each day, eg 3 dresses and 2 skirts to make up 5 days?

Titsywoo Thu 11-Aug-16 11:56:11

Only one pair of school shoes is needed. Then I would have one outfit for each day if you can afford it as they get messy in reception. PE kit with plimsols too.

Titsywoo Thu 11-Aug-16 11:56:46

You might want to get on it though (with the school uniform) as it sells out quickly!

RatOnnaStick Thu 11-Aug-16 11:58:20

1 pair of school shoes
1 pair of plimsolls for pe
1 pair of wellies for forest school (if they do it)
1 pair of trainers for outdoor pe/mile run.

At least, that's what DS needed last year.

If you can afford it I would definitely get a week's worth of uniform, at least for reception. Some children are clean and manage on 2 or 3 sets but far more are incredibly mucky and need a fresh set every morning.

bigTillyMint Thu 11-Aug-16 11:58:21

One pair of shoes was always fine for mine. Is she wearing uniform? 3 skirts and 5 shirts and 3 jumpers I'd say. Unless she is really messy!

PerspicaciaTick Thu 11-Aug-16 12:00:06

My DCs school clothes in reception were;
One pair school shoes
One pair plimsolls for PE
Wellies (lived at school)
Two bottoms (skirt/trousers)
Five polo shirts
Two tops (jumper/cardigan)
Five pairs of socks
PE kit (T-shirt and shorts)
G
Warm, Waterproof coat.

School uniform makes it easy, but I'd be tempted to keep it simple and look at the supermarket school ranges even if there is no specific uniform policy as the clothes are cheap and washable.

MrsJoeyMaynard Thu 11-Aug-16 12:01:23

The uniform at DS1's school said black school shoes, black plimsolls for PE, and trainers and wellies for outside playtime. We bought 1 pair of each, to be replaced when outgrown / too worn out for school.

Re. amount of clothes - it depends how much washing you're happy to do. You could get away with one set of uniform if you were prepared to wash and dry them every night (worst case of them getting mucky every day), but we got 3 polo shirts, 2 pairs of trousers, and 1 sweatshirt so we didn't have to wash and dry uniform every night.

InternationalHouseofToast Thu 11-Aug-16 12:01:54

For DS I had one pair of shoes and 6 or 7 complete outfits, as I changed them at the end of each day to allow for any accidents, paint, felt pen etc. I've never expected a uniform to last more than one day at school.

The extra one or two allows you to get behind a bit with the washing or if it takes longer to dry over the winter and still have enough in the drawer. Buy jumpers and shirts a size bigger if you can, then they may last into Yr 1 as well.

idontlikealdi Thu 11-Aug-16 12:04:07

One pair of shoes, one pair of plimsolls and we had enough last year for a clean outfit every day. And mostly needed it, especially I the summer term when they were just in dresses and no cardigan to protect the top half during lunch.

glowfrog Thu 11-Aug-16 12:16:21

Thank you all!!

ApollO88 Thu 11-Aug-16 12:20:36

My son is going into the first year. I kid you not.... He destroyed a pair of shoes each of the 3 terms! Spent £45 on clarks in September. Had to buy him new ones in December. Then again after Easter.... This year he will be in shoe zones

Balletgirlmum Thu 11-Aug-16 12:23:44

1 pair of school shoes (Clarks lasted 1 term start rite lasted over a year)
Plimsolls or trainers for PE (mine needed plimsolls in infants & trainers in juniors
Sometimes wellies were asked for.

Then 3-5 shirts
2 jumpers
2-3 trousers/pinafore/skirts
(Depending how often you wash)

catkind Thu 11-Aug-16 13:01:21

We did 3 of everything clothes, but sometimes washed midweek. Would probably go for 5 if you're fussy or busy or both. One pair of shoes, that's expensive enough! And wellies and plimsolls our school ask for.

NotCitrus Thu 11-Aug-16 13:40:34

Three sets here, and ds was so tidy that I only washed weekly and only because I felt I should rather than needing to. Which means dd can now wear those same clothes, and she is a wear-once child most of the time. "Did you have yoghurt and bolognese for lunch and do painting today?" Yes mummy! How did you guess?!

NotCitrus Thu 11-Aug-16 13:42:09

One set school shoes, lasted about a year, one pair plimsolls, lasted 3 years. Dd has non-school shoes too and both kids have sandals and wellies.

wooflesgoestotown Thu 11-Aug-16 13:47:26

Re shoes, Start-rite is much better than Clarks, the quality in Clarks is truly rubbish now ime.

Consider m&s, next and supermarkets too as much cheaper but not much, if at all, worse quality.

Also it may not be long before she really needs boots as girls school shoes are generally so flimsy:-(.

redskytonight Thu 11-Aug-16 17:58:13

Check with school re shoes. DC's school didn't do "proper" PE for ages, so 1 pair of school shoes was all the footwear required. Even when they did do proper footwear they wore trainers rather than plimsolls. Some of the footwear listed here would either not be needed or not allowed at DC's school.

Fuckingmoles Thu 11-Aug-16 18:07:08

Just make sure everything's named (including shoes) and that DD knows how to dress and undress herself and do up her own shoes. As a reception teacher these skills delight me and I give a mental star to parents who clearly name clothing and other possessions (although I did have a TA who could identify the owner of an unnamed jumpers by their smell)

klmnop Thu 11-Aug-16 18:10:33

I have bought:
1 pair of shoes (expecting she may grow out of them though)
3 x school logo polo shirt
2 x non logo polo shirts, they prefer the logo, but don't completely insist.
3 x school logo sweat shirts but wondering if this will be enough, been told they get messy.
3 x school jogging pants
14 pairs socks
Sensible school coat
Spare clothes bag
Book bag
Wellies for forest school
School provides waterproof coat & trouserssmile
No separate pe kit or pumps needed until year 1smile
I'm sure I'll have got something wrong though, it will be a learning curve.

irvineoneohone Thu 11-Aug-16 18:25:54

My ds's school's uniform policy is not very strict. It says black shoes, but a lot of children wears different coloured ones. Especially in KS1, my ds decided it's easier to wear trainers to school so he doesn't need to change for PE, and easy to run around in play time.
In Ks2, most of children wears black school shoes, but there are still some who wears coloured trainers to school.And a lot of girls wear decorative boots during winter.

So buying a school shoes for reception was complete waste of money for us.

klmnop Thu 11-Aug-16 18:49:30

You are lucky Irvine. My daughter's new school are very specific about shoes! Black plain shoes or trainers, no logos or embellishments and must have be Velcro fastening.

Pengweng Thu 11-Aug-16 20:04:35

We have one pair of shoes, one pair of wellies. No trainers needed until year 1 as they don't really do P.E. until then and wear joggers and sweatshirts for uniform in Reception as they are running around and getting filthy all day.
Other uniform
7 polos (2 stay in school as spare)
7 joggers (2 in school)
3 logo jumpers
Lots and lots of socks and pants!

OfstedAintEverything Fri 12-Aug-16 16:05:23

Avoid deichmann shoes unless you want to be back there every 6 weeks (!) they are cheaper for a reason....
We use one pair of Clarks or startrite or equivalent and a cheapy pair of trainers for PE ( no point in expensive brands if they are worn twice a week for an hour!)

glowfrog Fri 12-Aug-16 16:49:28

Thanks everyone, v useful advice all around.

I am a labels addict and can't wait to put her name on everything. grin we are still working on getting dressed by ourselves, however.

Didiplanthis Mon 15-Aug-16 02:30:54

My Dd is a total muck magnet and needs clean uniform everyday even going into yr 2 - the mud kitchen doesn't help. If they wear white socks get used to buying lots of vanish for soaking and I usually have a spare pack of socks in reserve for when I give up and bin them. If there is the option of dark socks eg grey/navy etc with winter uniform embrace it. They don't look as cute but it's worth it. I now have twin boys starting and have 10 + of everything. But second hand is good ! My daughter destroys 3 pairs of shoes a year which is expensive as she has tricky feet to fit and cant wear cheap ones but is not ladylike and trashes them well before they are outgrown. I wish she could wear trainers !

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