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Reception class uniform - how many of everything do I need ?

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fedupwasherwoman Fri 03-Aug-07 14:57:42

ds1 starts school in September and although I had old fashioned notions of him being in shorts for a while, apparently this is tantamount to child cruelty these days so I've assumed trousers to be the norm.

To cope with "accidents of the pants variety", which he is still prone to I have acquired 8 pairs of trousers (we never refuse hand me downs in our house ).

However, what about polo shirts and the dreaded sweatshirts (thinks wistfully back to own childhood of crisp ironed blouses and v neck sweaters with school tie). How many of these should I buy assuming I don't want to have to wash practically every other night during the week.

Any suggestions from the experienced reception child parent ?

meandmy Fri 03-Aug-07 14:58:33

one wear one wash one wardrobe

NAB3 Fri 03-Aug-07 14:59:22

Shorts are worn quite a bit at our school. I suggest navy or black pants as they show less. Get 5 of each tshirt and maybe 3 jumpers.

fedupwasherwoman Fri 03-Aug-07 15:10:37

Thanks, so maybe 3 sweatshirts and 5 polo shirts then ?

I was going to let him go freestyle on the pants as he is already doomed to a school life of grey/navy/white uniforms and socks.

Carbonel Fri 03-Aug-07 20:30:47

I have coped with 5 shirts plus 2.5 sweatshirts (siblings share the 'spare' one )

IMO 5 shirts is essential or you are flapping around on Wed night trying to do some washing. Sweatshirts can be sponged or if necessary a quick handwash and airing cupboard over night does the trick.

Have plenty of socks too

I always left at least two complete spare sets of clothes, accidents also involve painting water, mud etc in a large colourfull bag that ds knew was his spare stuff so he could change himself if necessary

hippipotami Sat 04-Aug-07 16:13:22

I always try to have a clean poloshirt for every day, and then 3 trousers, 3 sweatshirts.
(one on, one wash, one wardrobe)
And enough socks for every day. Then it does not matter if you fall behind with the washing.

Don't rule out shorts - at our school shorts are very popular if the weather is nice in September. It is only now ds has moved to Junior school that the waering of shorts is apparently not the done thing [hmmm]

Dd starts in September. She has 4 poloshirts (need to get a fifth one really), 3 cardigans, 3 pairs of joggers (what they want the reception children to wear) and 4 summer dresses for nice weather.
I am hoping the weather will be fab in Sept as I detest the joggers with a passion! (she has already had to wear them for a year in the nursery unit)

MingMingtheWonderPet Sat 04-Aug-07 16:19:30

5 tshirts, 3 jumpers
loads of socks - where do they yall go??

LyraBelacqua Sat 04-Aug-07 16:32:56

5 shirts
two trousers/shorts
two jumpers/sweatshirts/cardigans
as many socks as you can fit in their drawer
one pair of shoes

cat64 Sat 04-Aug-07 16:38:05

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LyraBelacqua Sat 04-Aug-07 16:41:20

My DS manages with 2 sweatshirts (changeover on Wed or Thur morning) as long as he doesn't have yoghurt in his lunchbox.

CristinaTheAstonishing Sat 04-Aug-07 16:55:36

5 polo shirts just in case you don't put the washing machine on for a whole week. More realistically, 3 would do as they can go with both whites & blacks to be washed so there'll always be a clean one around.

DS is starting year 3 and he'll still be going in shorts while the weather is fine.

HappyMummyOfOne Sun 05-Aug-07 19:56:41

Ive gone with 3 pairs of trousers and 6 poloshirt and 6 sweatshirts as only tend to wash on a Friday as im home on that day. Wondering if I have enough trousers now.

pirategirl Sun 05-Aug-07 20:05:04

you have enuff trousers, yuo can get away with sponging them as soon as they take them off, and drying overnight.

cat64 Sun 05-Aug-07 20:34:44

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pirategirl Sun 05-Aug-07 20:50:56

yeah well, i have a daughter, so maybe she doesnt get too bad. I seem to be able to get away with it.

BalletMum Sun 05-Aug-07 20:56:09

I have a ds who is a fairly neat and tidy sort. However I rarely get two days out of a sweatshirt. Always gets his yoghurt down it - guess it depends what you give yours for lunch!!! Polo shirts last a few days in the winter as covered by sweatshirt IYSWIM!!!

cat64 Sun 05-Aug-07 21:02:32

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brimfull Sun 05-Aug-07 21:07:11

blimey,I have only bought one sweatshirt!

Ds hates wearing sweatshirts and jumpers,but suppose I'd better get atleast one more.

My ds is hoping to beable to wear shorts all yr as he does normally anyway.

fridayschild Mon 06-Aug-07 12:35:09

I forgot the socks DS1 is not happy with the uniform, all too dull for his liking. Do schools get stressed if he has free choice of socks?

DS is half days at reception in his first term so I was hoping 3 polo shirts would be enough if he wore them 2 days in a row...

Clary Mon 06-Aug-07 14:49:47

5-6 polo shirts (throw em out at end of year when trashed)

2 jumpers enough but always need to wash during week (fair enough tho). Actually could do with 3 for messy DS1 but refuse.

Both my DSs wear shorts btw. DS1 is 8 and a juniors but even then he has insisted on shorts all this grotty summer, along with about 3 other boys. Good on him!

PestoMonster Mon 06-Aug-07 14:52:29

I always get an Asda pack of 5 polos at about £7 a throw. Then you've got one for each day of the week. If any get totally ruined (paint, permanent marker etc etc), it's not the end of the world and I top up with a pack of 2.

islandofsodor Mon 06-Aug-07 21:58:20

I have a girl so slightly different but she started with 3 pinafores, 4 shirts (they came in packs of 2), 1 jumper (though I was later given a 2nd hand one so she has 2 now), tie, fleece and blazer. Also 2 summer dresses, she was 1 of only 2 children wearing winter uniform on the 1st day of school (I now have another 2nd hand one)

I've seen loads of boys in shorts at school.

daisyandbabybootoo Mon 06-Aug-07 22:06:47

we started off with four polo shirts, two shirts, three trousers and one sweatshirt and one jumper.
he quickly became more fond of polo shirt than shirt and tie so bought two more and more trousers and sweatshirts as he is a mucky pup and comes home filthy (mud from shoulder to ankle filthy) every day.

This year going for 5 polo shirts, 5 trousers and three sweatshirts. I will get him a shirt for photis/assemblies etc.

The school has a uniform sale in the first few weeks so we'll pick up a bargain or two then.

mummytoamonkey Mon 13-Aug-07 21:15:38

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Clary Tue 14-Aug-07 00:19:19

gosh yes that's plenty. FWIW we usually have only 2-3 "outers" ie trousers/dresses/skirts.

You may well find you have too many trousers there unless DD is very messy. But anyway.

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