Back to School Checklist 2021
With the new school term just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get all of your back-to-school shopping completed so you can enjoy the last week of summer in peace.
School shopping can be a stressful time, but at Aberafan Shopping Centre you will be able to find all of the back-to-school essentials in one place, thereby saving on unnecessary trips to the Centre and subsequently reducing your travelling time. Here’s a checklist to help you keep on track, and some idea of where you can find them in the Centre.
Uniform Checklist (Where the checklist has multiple options, it is down to the preference of your child, along with school policy, which will decide which one to choose.)
Shirts / blouses / polo shirts
Skirts / pinafores / dresses / trousers
Jumpers/ Cardigans / Blazers
Hat, scarf and gloves
School socks and/or tights
Schoolbag / backpack
The following stores stock a great selection of school uniform staples in a range of styles and sizes to suit all, and with some amazing prices on offer too:
Pep and Co
TIP: Make sure to buy some spare pairs of most of these, in case of the predictable wear and tear. Also, check the school’s policy on certain clothing such as skirt styles and blazers.
Sports Kit Checklist
School plimsolls and/or trainers
Polo shirt / Sweatshirt
Shorts / Joggers
Swimming costume / trunks
For all of your sports-kit needs, these items can be found at the following stores within the centre:
Pep and Co
Tip: As with most school clothing, make sure to label your child’s sports clothes with name tags to ensure there are no changing room mix-ups!
Backpack Must-Haves Checklist
Pens and pencils
Facemask (if relevant)
Spare dinner money or bus fare
Home address and any relevant contact numbers
Many stores in the centre stock ranges of stationery and other back-pack essentials to keep your child's pencil case and bag well stocked:
TIP: Finding notepads, pens, cases and lunchboxes that have a similar theme (such as an all butterfly or a cartoon character) will ensure that your child’s items are easily distinguishable and matching, so they will be easier to find after group work.
Laptop and / or iPad / and or mobile phone
Portable power bank
You can find lots of technology handy for school at stores such as:
TIPS: Not all schools allow personal technology, so check the school’s policy first!
Shop around for some of the best deals and most suitable devices for your child’s needs, if unsure, check with the school what they feel would be most suitable and age appropriate.
Good luck with your back-to-school shopping, we hope that our checklist helps you to find everything that you need at the Shopping Centre and you have an enjoyable time spent in Aberafan.