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Checklist for Kids - What Does My Child Need For Primary School?

Updated on February 2, 2013
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As a Mum, Grandma, and with a daughter who is a primary teacher, Alison draws on a wealth of experience for her child-related Hubs.

Make sure your Child has everything for the school day.

School can be a daunting experience for parents and children. In the months before your child starts school for the first time, you will be asking yourself, "what does my child need for primary school". You may have compiled a list of your own. Your child may be changing classes at the start of a new school year, "what else does he need?". Avoid stress for your child and for yourself by using this checklist to your child has all he needs for Primary School. All the following suggestions will depend on your child’s School’s expectations - this list was written for Parents of children in the UK so please bear this in mind if you are from another country as your Education System's requirements may be different.

Checklist - Everything Your Child Needs For Primary School


If your child requires medication in school (for example, Inhaler, EpiPen, etc.) ensure that relevant forms have been filled out and are brought to school at the beginning of the school year or when the child is diagnosed. Medication should NEVER be left in Children’s bags, check with your child’s school for their policy on what you should do.

Book Bag

Homework Diary/Book

Reading book

Reading record journal

Spelling book

Target cards (Maths, Writing, Reading and so on work-towards cards)

Return permissions (in an envelope with child’s name on please!)


Lunch box (including a lunch-time drink)

Water bottle (for use in class)

Snack (for break-time)

P.E Kit




Hairband (for children with long hair)

Adhesive tape (to cover earrings if your child has recently had ears pierced)

Tracksuit (for winter/cold weather/outside exercise)


Reading Glasses (Spectacles) if needed

Library books for return

Home-school communication book (will be issued by your child’s teacher if necessary)

Gloves, Coat & Scarf (for Winter/colder days – you would think this was obvious, but with so many children travelling to school by car, these often get forgotten!)

Sunhat or Baseball-type cap for Sunny days

Cycle Helmet (if your child cycles to school)

Cycle Permit (sometimes required if a child leaves their cycle at school during the school day)

Helpful Hints

NAME EVERYTHING WITH PERMANENT MARKER OR SEW-IN TAGS!! Do not use ordinary pen and be sure to check regularly that the name is still legible!

If your child is likely to have ‘little accidents’ from time-to-time, it is a good idea to discretely give the teacher a named bag containing a change of clothing for your child which can then be stored to be used if necessary.

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    Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

    Thanks so much for your comment Mia, Jessie sounds 'super-organised' thanks for the tip about adding glasses!

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    Mia Hurst 5 years ago

    It really helped my child with her school bag packing! We've even printed this page off so she can tick the list to make sure she has everything for school, but you also need to put glasses in your bag if you need them so we added them on to her list as Jessie needs reading and writing glasses

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    Alison Graham 5 years ago from UK

    Thanks Burtina, it is a stressful time for any parent of a child just starting school as we all want our child to go into school feeling happy and confident.

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    Burtina 5 years ago

    Thanks, this was helpful to me, im a middle schooler not a parent but this was helpful to know an outline of what to get

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