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SaDo12 Mon 17-Apr-17 07:23:25

Just got our place confirmed at primary school. When do you start to purchase uniform? Should I wait till the end of the summer holidays or start getting little bits now?

DubiousCredentials Mon 17-Apr-17 07:37:22

If you need to order school logo items then it's best to get in early as demand increases as time goes on. But check with school that they're not changing anything before you order!

The rest of it can wait as the shops will be flooded with uniform in the summer holidays. Personally I prefer to get bits and pieces from now as it spreads the cost but there is a risk that I'll predict the wrong size of course. Shoes and pumps always wait until August.

IncaAztec Mon 17-Apr-17 07:38:54

Also, if your school has houses, you might need to wait to see what house you are allocated. Shoes, wait til August!

SaDo12 Mon 17-Apr-17 07:48:33

Thanks smile

MiaowTheCat Mon 17-Apr-17 08:13:07

Last year I picked up bits as and when from about now. Logoed stuff it's worth getting on the sooner side as it does tend to get more in demand later on.

Worth keeping an eye on the school's summer fair though - ours does a second hand uniform (as in the logoed bits) stall there. I plan on hitting this up heavy style to stock up for DD2 starting school's cardigans this year and just buying DD1 new cardies to grow into as her current smallest size ones are still in really decent nick. At least our school uses a good supplier for their eyewateringly expensive logoed cardies and jumpers I guess - they're still like new after a year of my general laundry abuse.

MiaowTheCat Mon 17-Apr-17 08:14:46

Oh and also - name tapes! I'm not ordering this year as I've still got a decent stock left (I do them as DD1 & DD2 Surname so I can use them for both kids) but I made sure to get those ordered early on.

SaDo12 Mon 17-Apr-17 08:15:44

Completely forgot about name tapes!!

Pommes Mon 17-Apr-17 08:19:27

No name tapes - too much faff! Google 'Stickins' (like plastic covered stickers you simply pop in the label). Available from Amazon, eBay and direct from the retailer. Saved me hours last year. I wash school uniform every night; they haven't worn out.

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 17-Apr-17 08:19:51

We've always done shoes in the first half of August, the shoe shops get busier and busier towards the end and less choice, it can be pretty hellish. If your logo'd stuff is bought through the school as opposed to a website or uniform shop don't forget they break up in late July.

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 17-Apr-17 08:23:12

I use mainly stick on name labels (from Easy2Name) but also a name stamp from Stamptastic which can be used on all light coloured items. I use sew in / iron ones occasionally, I've acquired a selection over the years. Name label stickers for water bottles, bags etc are useful too.

SaDo12 Mon 17-Apr-17 08:26:42

Another question, would you get pencil case etc or not. I'm a pen freak and am quite excited about stationary shopping with her.

Avioleta Mon 17-Apr-17 08:29:13

IME, most primary schools allow pencil cases from about Yr 4 onwards. She won't need one in Reception.

SpaghettiMeatballs Mon 17-Apr-17 08:29:43

They aren't allowed their own stationery in the infants at DD's school so I'd hold off that.

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 17-Apr-17 09:06:50

Ours aren't allowed their own stationery till about year 4 either, even then it can be problematic with comparison/loss/theft. Get some nice bits and keep them at home for homework. Although ours are only allowed to write in pencil even then.

SaDo12 Mon 17-Apr-17 09:13:15

Thanks for all the advice. Despite being a teacher (secondary) it's like entering a whole new world.

RueDeWakening Mon 17-Apr-17 10:22:30

Buy big, my DD grew 8cm over the summer before she started reception! She wore the stuff I'd bought her for 2 weeks, then it all needed replacing hmm

Check with the school re 2nd hand uniform sales, too - we don't have a stall at the summer fair, but do have a monthly stall after school run by the PSA.

We use easy2name for name tapes, the stick in ones. Our school is registered on there so get a small % of orders which goes back to the PSA.

DevineByName Mon 17-Apr-17 10:27:51

Try and make a parent friend who knows the ins and outs of your school. Ours offered blazers but only a handful wore them and DD didn't get much wear out of it.

I didn't bother with stick on labels, just used pen on the label.

RaspberryIce Mon 17-Apr-17 10:28:52

Marks usually do uniform discounts which end about when schools break up for summer or a bit before. I don't think it starts til about June though.

RoganJosh Mon 17-Apr-17 10:29:52

I found age 4-5 was all out of stock from mid July onwards so I'd say get it end of June. M&s normally have offers on around then too.

RaspberryIce Mon 17-Apr-17 10:30:13

I've always written names on with a pilot laundry marker but use stickers for some things from Easy2name

MiaowTheCat Tue 18-Apr-17 08:36:28

I've always tended to buy uniform from a supermarket OTHER than the biggest one locally. Just makes it a bit easier to find lost garments if they've got an Asda-styled pinafore in Tesco-country or vice versa.

I'm going to do a basic uniform audit this month and chuck out outgrown stuff plus uniform trousers that have gone raggedy on the bottom from the fact that DD1 in particular wears trousers at half mast all the time (DD2 has been wearing school uniform style trousers for preschool for 2 years now so we've got a lot) and then stock up on basic bits then ready. Will top up cardigans over the next couple of months and just keep an eye on shoe size to see if I'm going to need new school shoes for September over the summer - last year they timed growth spurts so I didn't need to.

If their school cardies are Trutex they seem to come up massive (and wash well) - DD1 who is incredibly tall - is still fine in the age 5 ones I bought her at the start of the year and she'll have to do some helluva growing for them not to fit her still in September. Probably best not to buy cardigans while the kids are on holiday with their grandparents like I did last year!

BrucesTooth Tue 18-Apr-17 14:30:48

I got advised from friends to do Sainsburys uniform when 25%off so the last two times have picked up trousers, shorts, PE shorts, plimsolls and socks as all three schools we applied to have those in common. My son's pretty small so won't outgrow age 5 stuff. The small sizes seem to go fast so get in early when they do the summer sale. I had to get smart black shoes for a wedding so hopefully they'll still fit for September.
Just need to get school colour polos and some school branded jumpers but will try and get some second hand ones.

2014newme Tue 18-Apr-17 15:03:48

Age 4 stuff sells out quickly I find.

Mehfruittea Thu 20-Apr-17 02:58:14

Attach a tag for name tags that are like tiny security tags. They can be removed with no visable damage. Great for coats and other things you could put on eBay.

Stamptastic for literally stamping their name on everything! Doesn't work for dark clothes but I have it on white polo shirts, pockets inside trousers, label in jumper, inside of shoes and pumps. Bag and PE bag. Lids and bottoms of cake boxes (for the million cake sales you will be asked to bake for), water bottle etc. I stamp everything mwhah ha ha!

If you must do name tapes - my top stolen tip if you have 2 DCs. Order one tape with 'DC1 first name - surname - DC2 first name' then cut the tape accordingly.

Polo shirts get grubby and stained with pen/school dinners quite quickly. I started with 6 polo shirts and have ended up replacing 3 every term. Get a stash when they are easily available.

When trousers are looking too short but next size up are too long, send them in shorts. grin wait a few weeks and they will fit.

kierenthecommunity Thu 20-Apr-17 09:27:03

The Tu event is great as their stuff is good value to start with. It's usually mid August but last year it was a week earlier than on the money saving websites so you need to keep your eyes open. You can click and collect the popular sizes

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