I still can't believe Amelia will be starting school on Wednesday! (When I say school I actually mean the nursery year, but it's at the school she will going to next year when she starts the reception class). These past 6 weeks have just flown by but it will be great to get back into a routine of some sort again - although I'm not looking forward to getting up earlier than usual.
This week I have been getting all of Amelia's school uniform and supplies ready, it's weird that she will be wearing a uniform now, previously she was in two days a week from April in the afternoon club and would be mixed with some of the older kids in the class she will be going into this year. She would always ask why they wore uniform and she didn't and I would reassure her that she would be soon, and now the time has come! I have to admit it does seem a little pointless wearing a uniform for two hours a day only to get it dirty.
We bought all of her uniform from M&S which I tried on this weekend only to find that the majority of it is too big so I had to order age 2 instead in hope that it will arrive in time! Fingers crossed. Joys of having a tall child with a skinny waist, as the trousers in age 3-4 won't stay up. I still need to pop into the school uniform shop to pick up a smaller jumper but other than that I think we're all ready. I bought her a new bag as she will need a bigger one for two days of the week when she'll be staying longer for the lunchtime club.
On Friday we popped into our local Clarks store to buy Amelia's first pair of school shoes. It was pretty busy but thats expected with it being so close to the new term. We didn't have to wait too long and were given a ticket to wait in line. Whilst we were waiting to be measured one young girl brought us over a few pairs of shoes to look at, which I thought was really good especially as Harry was getting a little restless we didn't want to be waiting around too long. Shortly after it was our turn to have Amelia's feet measured and she was a 9 1/2 F which I thought she would be as her size 9 shoes are all too tight on her.
It didn't take long to choose a pair of shoes we liked and Amelia tried them on and walked up and down. They fit comfortably and still have room for a little bit of growth. Although I'm not sure how long they will last as Amelia does have big feet for her age. We chose the Tasha Bay black leather shoes which I thought looked really nice and feminine with the heart buckle. They are available in Infant and Junior sizes
They look very well made and robust which is what you want when buying a pair of school shoes. Of course we can't say how long they will last but I've heard nothing but good things about Clarks school shoes and would much rather have a pair of studier shoes which will last longer whilst allowing her feet to grow.
I was really impressed with the service we received in store given how busy they were and am glad we went in to try them on rather than purchasing online which I would usually have done. I think when she grows out of these I will try a pair of black patent shoes or boots for the winter months. The Tasha Bay shoes are £30.00 which some may say is rather expensive for a pair of shoes especially for a child however for Clarks you are paying for quality and being such a reputable brand you know what you are paying for.
If you're still needing to buy your kids school shoes you can book a shoe fitting appointment online by clicking here, it can get pretty busy so I would highly recommend booking an appointment.
* We were provided with a voucher to try out the Clarks service. All opinions are our own and 100% honest. For details on how I work with brands take a look at my work with me page.
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