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With school holidays just weeks away, here’s a quick rundown of how you can get better organised before the end of term, so that you can ease into summer with key activities planned and uniforms in hand!
M & S has 20% off uniforms every June. Pop in to get the essentials while the offer’s on!
Place orders with your school’s supplier for customised clothing and PE kit
Order nametags/stickers. I love MyNametags stickers, as they’re easy to apply, virtually indestructible and come in a range of lovely designs
Diarise a day during the summer to take kids for shoe fittings. Bear in mind that Clarks has an appointments system for school shoe fittings and demand is high as the new term approaches— butappointments can be booked online now for dates close to the start of term! Remember PE shoes too!
Use a cashback card for extra savings on all of the above. If ordering online, take a moment to go through a cashback or fundraising site as well as using a cashback card for payment. Top Cashback and Easy Fundraising are popular choices
Go through your calendar to confirm end of term events, such as school trips, transition visits, school fairs, shows and sports day
Double check arrangements for childcare over the summer holidays
Book summer camps, holiday clubs and classes
Perhaps get a couple of playdates and outings in the diary now
Work with the kids to put together a list of things to do/places to visit over the summer, including rainy day options
Look out for discount codes or set aside Tesco Clubcard vouchers/Kellogg’s vouchers to gain discounted or free access to attractions and activities
The quieter summer months can be a great opportunity to try new recipes and get kids involved in meal prep. Perhaps start a running list of recipes you want to try!
And last but by no means least…
Purchase teachers’ gifts — gift cards for shopping centres, beauticians, bookstores, garden centres or coffee shops are guaranteed to be well received. Alternatively, scented candles, wine or chocolates all make lovely presents. Include a handwritten thank you card from the kids as a personal token of their appreciation!
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