If you have a child starting reception this September, you may have begun to get together a few bits and pieces of uniform.
Unless you are going to a private school with a hugely expensive uniform, you can probably pick up most items in the sales right about now. It’s not a bad idea.
But, if you have a school starter for 2013, don’t go overboard when it comes to buying ‘ summer’ uniform. Most primary schools in the UK do seem to have one; it’s usually shorts for boys and pretty checked lightweight dresses in various colours for the girls.
As you can see, from the photo above, our summer dresses are yellow. Luckily the school doesn’t insist on a particular make or style, because yellow seems to be the hardest colour to find. Blue, red and green are much more common in my experience.
Schools do differ in when children are allowed to wear summer uniform; ours specifies the first half of the the first term of the school year ( Sept- Oct) and the entire third term ( April- July). But here’s the thing; the children don’t have to wear summer uniform during this time. This is a good thing because most of the time it is not warm enough for them to be wearing summer uniform.
My girls get up in the morning, look out the window and decide if it’s a summer dress kind of day. It’s rare to have a run of more than 2-3 such days. I’m not as experienced with boys, but we do have a couple of pairs of school shorts that DS hasn’t bothered wearing yet.
So my tip for any parents shopping for school uniform is, go easy on the throttle when buying ‘summer uniform’. This is the UK, and the opportunities for your child to dress for the heat will be few and far between. Two dresses or pairs of shorts will probably do; three, if you must.
And these items are often in very good condition in second hand sales due to hardly ever being worn, so if you are not too fussy then you can get your child’s summer uniform cheaply this way.