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What to put in a 4yo school bag

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Noomininoo Sat 20-Aug-11 23:14:46


My 4yo DD1 will be starting reception in 2 weeks and, although we've got her uniform etc all sorted, I've suddenly realised I've no idea what I need to put in her school bag blush

I'm guessing I'll need to pack a spare uniform in case of accidents and her packed lunch but aside from that - what else? Do they need pencil cases/ stationery at that age? If so is it pens, pencils, crayons...? confused

Anything else...?

cheekster Sat 20-Aug-11 23:17:11

A water bottle???

I dont think you will need to send stationary

PuppyMonkey Sat 20-Aug-11 23:21:22

Spare uniform?!grinhmmconfused

Lunch box. That's all, unless you are school dinners.

Spare uniform hmmconfusedgrin

hopenglory Sat 20-Aug-11 23:23:02

Most reception classes will have a stock of spare clothes to cover for any little accidents

hellymelly Sat 20-Aug-11 23:23:42

pants and tights should cover it in case of an accident.

elphabadefiesgravity Sat 20-Aug-11 23:23:48

Nothing. Well I tell a lie ds had a few problems with chronic constipation so I did used to put spare pants in.

The school provided pencils, water bottles and everything else from reception to year 2. It was only from Year 3 you had to start providing stationery plus a water bottle as they would have lost them by then.

diggingintheribs Sat 20-Aug-11 23:24:17

When you say spare uniform is that a whole outfit (pants, socks, trousers, shirt, jumper). And 1 outfit or 2? And on the days he does PE and goes in his kit do I have to send a whole spare of that too?

Wonder if I have enough uniform!

We have to send in a mid morning snack so I have bought a little snack box. I hadn't thought about a water bottle.

diggingintheribs Sat 20-Aug-11 23:24:49


HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 20-Aug-11 23:26:44


Most schools provide a 'book bag' which will be where is reading books, any 'homework' and newsletters go. If one is not provided then these can go in his book bag.

jimswifein1964 Sat 20-Aug-11 23:27:46

God, dont bother with spare uniform; they'll lose that as well as the original!
Do they not leave their pe kit at school btw? We only see ours each half term.

Just butties and water. Then they will one day get a reading book in there too. School bags are mainly so they can bring home tons of drawings and school newsletters...

HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 20-Aug-11 23:28:59

Or kit goes in its own bag. Best left at school and bring home for washing at the holidays.

Out our school foundation and ks1 don't take water bottles (they are provided with water machine & disposable cups) but this probably varies.

rubyhorse Sat 20-Aug-11 23:39:40

DS started school last week (Scotland) and his bag contained

- pencil case (with chunky pencils, rubber and pencil sharpener - no pens)
- raincoat (because he didn't want to wear it and you never know)
- PE kit (which I don't expect to see again until Christmas)
- water bottle
- small playtime snack (which I sent in a pocketable food bag rather than a bulkier box)

This will vary from school to school.

weakestlink Sat 20-Aug-11 23:49:33

I don't understand what you mean about leaving the PE kit at school? confused does it not need washing? DS is about to start kindergarten and they do games twice a week.

Noomininoo Sat 20-Aug-11 23:55:08

Thanks for the responses.

By spare uniform I was really just talking spare pants & skirt (+ tights in winter). Although DD doesn't really have many accidents now, she was an absolute nightmare to potty train & we had soooo many accidents for soooo many months I guess I'm still a bit paranoid about them blush. I still keep a change of clothes for her in the car whenever we go out & I'd just hate to think that she might have an accident in nursery & have to spend the day in wet clothes (or 'nursery issue' clothes).

Limejelly Sat 20-Aug-11 23:57:41

You don't need to send him with anything. They will give him a reading book/ dairy at some point during the first week most likely, so just keep sending it in empty. Mine do not get given a reading book until they have their book bags.

I always try to discourage parents from taking PE kits home (except the sensible onesgrin) because you will never see it again!

MumblingRagDoll Sun 21-Aug-11 00:01:03

They are well used to the odd accident and they have a box of things...pants, tights, skirts...everything. There's nothing wrong with "nursery issue" the kids don't know!

Clary Sun 21-Aug-11 00:01:14

Water bottle. Snack.

Packed lunch goes in a separate bag usually.

That's it really.

At our school all the young ones carry a reading folder for book, reading record and any notes from school. No need to bring stationery. Or spare uniform - school will have in rare cases it is needed.

bilblio Sun 21-Aug-11 00:46:52

DD's starting reception. We've been asked to send a bag with PE kit, and a bag with wellies, both of which will stay at school. We'll just bring the PE Kit home during holidays to wash it. The wellies are probably unusual for most schools but there's only 12 of them in her class and the school backs onto fields and moorland with lots of paths so they like to take them out exploring when they can.

On a daily basis she'll take her packed lunch, and her reading folder.

They provide everything else, snacks, stationary etc. (We give them £1 a week for snacks.) They ask us not to let children bring in anything else in case it gets lost and the children get upset. If the children do take things in that they want to show people at registration it has to go into the "blue box" straight after until home time.

Seona1973 Sun 21-Aug-11 07:39:30

ds has a pencil case in his but doesnt really need it as the school provides pencils, paper, etc. I put his snack for playtime and sports bottle of water in his school bag and his lunch is in a seperate lunch bag. I havent put spare clothes in.

jimswifein1964 Sun 21-Aug-11 08:59:39

weakestlink ... pe kit stays at school. If your dc is doing pe twice a wk in nursery or reception, that is, for example, 2 x 1hr. Of each hour, 20 mins is getting into kit, 20 mins getting back into uniform. That leaves 20 mins of tottling round doing balancing/running games/throwing&catching. They wont work up a sweat/get too muddy with that!

PuppyMonkey Sun 21-Aug-11 09:20:34

DD1 often forgot to take PE kit home at half term too, so it basically never got washed.grinblush never did her any harm.grinwink

Seona1973 Sun 21-Aug-11 09:45:43

ours dont leave pe kit in school - shorts are put in the school bag on pe days and they come back home again the same day

weakestlink Sun 21-Aug-11 10:42:23

Ok will investigate the games kit washing protocol! I can imagine DS would get pretty filthy out on the playing fields tho - even for 20 mins grin Mud seems to be attracted to him!!!

hocuspontas Sun 21-Aug-11 10:47:16

In infant school I'd be surprised if they went on a muddy field! Here you would transfer PE to the hall or the playground. Maybe we are wimps in the SE...

SaulGood Sun 21-Aug-11 10:56:22

Different schools have different procedures. We had it all explained at the parents introductory evening and we were given lists of what we needed to do/take on the first day and thereafter. So here...

PE kit stays at school and you take it home only at half term as they don't go out in the mud. Hall or dry playing field only.

They provide morning snack (they're signed up for the government's free fruit programme).

You provide a clear water bottle and water daily as they have no tap in the classroom for drinking water.

Book bag will be sufficient for things they need to bring home.

Lunch box or purse with lunch money.

That's it. No school bag needed actually. Pens, pencils etc are all provided.

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