There are a host of necessities required for getting your kids back to school, preschool or daycare, and up there at the top of the list are shoes, hats and, for girls, hair accessories. We’ve got all three of those right here for you in today’s Back to School guide.
In Australia, hats are both a necessity and compulsory for kids if they wish to play outside at school. Hats are also one of those things that seem to go missing the most, so having more than one is always a good idea. Bedhead Hats (pictured top) have a great range of hats in a variety of school colours. Their broadbrim school hats have a great anti-flop brim made with a soft foam, designed to withstand machine washing and play. Bedhead also stock legionnaire hats and bucket hats in school colours. They are $26.95 each.
Minipitcher make custom baseball caps for infants through to teenagers. Ideal for sport, and for those kids who refuse to wear a broadbrim hat, the Minipitcher baseball caps come in a variety of colours, including a school friendly navy and a fun bright pink and are embroidered with your childs’ initial. Toddler caps are $24.95 and youth and adult sizes are $34.95.
For daycare and preschool hats for girls, or for schools without a compulsory uniform, it is hard to go past the wide-brim range at Oobi. Both pretty and offering maximum sun protection, their Bridgette hats come in a great array of colours and prints, including a rain hat for summer showers. Oobi Bridgette hats are $27.95.
For practical hats for boys, have a look at the range over at Surfstitch. The Billabong boys spinner revo hat is reversible, so two hats in one. It comes with a toggle strap to keep it on during play, and is $25.99.
The start of a new school year means new school shoes for your kids. Kids just starting on their school journey will need their first pair and for older kids, last year’s may be worn out, outgrown – or sometimes both! Clarks make what we consider the Rolls Royce of children’s school shoes. Quality leather so they last the distance – these shoes will be outgrown before they wear out – with excellent support and cushioning to cradle their growing feet, they’re available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and widths to fit the thinnest feet to the widest. When you consider that your child will wear their school shoes just about every day for an entire year, it pays to put their feet in a top quality shoe. You can find Clarks nationally at specialist shoe stores or check their website for a stockist near you. Here’s a tip – all Clarks stockists are experts at fitting children’s shoes, so you know they’ll be just right.
If your kids are not at ‘big school’ yet, See Kai Run have an amazing range of sneakers for boys and girls that are perfect for preschool or daycare. Check out these cool Luca sneakers.See Kai Run sneakers have a canvas upper , cushioned, removable leather insoles, a flexible rubber sole – healthy for developing feet and perfect for outdoor play, a padded tongue for extra comfort and adjustable hook and loop closures make shoes easy to get on and ensure a great fit.
One of the things that drives parents and teachers batty is shoelaces that constantly seem to come undone. While hook and loop closures are fine for younger kids, there comes a time when shoes must have shoelaces. This is where Safe Lace comes in. They have created ingenious shoe lace locks that prevent laces coming undone throughout the day! Safe Lace has been tested on a wide variety of shoes and come in a variety of colours to match your laces. They are $12.95 a pair, and shipping is free if you buy two or more pairs.
When I was in preschool, back in the ‘olden days’ as my daughter would say, I had long hair that my mum meticulously tied back each day with a bobble. The bobble went out of favour in my house once I reached upper primary school, replaced by the scrunchie which I could handle myself, but never fear, the bobble lives on! Red Bobble sell multi-packs of bobbles, packaged in milk cartons! An eight pack contains one of each of their eight colours, and a 16 pack is perfect for pigtails, with two of each colour. Individual bobbles are $4 each and an eight pack is $28.
School Colours have a plethora of hair-tie options in every school colour you could want, including brown and sky blue, which are often harder to come by. The humble scrunchie is there, along with some awesome ribbon tie options, and even headbands with flowers – all in school colours, so you won’t need to try so hard to convince your five- year-old not to wear the pink flower headband to school!