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Lost and Found

If your child has lost something this year, please have them check the area soon.  

If a lost item has a name on it, it will be returned to the child’s classroom. Ways to make sure your child doesn’t lose every single item they own...

Mummy Hack 1: Label everything.

EVERYTHING. I cannot emphasise this enough. Yes, kids do take their school shoes off sometimes, so you will need those labeled. Pencils, bags, jumpers. Label it all. Full name and class. Investing in quality vinyl and iron labels now will save you a fortune throughout the year.

Mummy Hack 2: Take the minimum.

Does your child need 12 coloured pencils or 72? Does he need one hat or two? Keep the spare jumper at home, not at school. The more stuff they take to school the more things that can possibly get lost. Always take the bare minimum.

Mummy Hack 3: Check their bag regularly.

Not only do kids lose ‘stuff’ but they also lose notes. Constantly. Oh no, it’s Mufti Day tomorrow. Fantastic. Be sure to check their bag for lost hats, pencils and notes and newsletters that seems to be weighed down with lead and sink straight to the bottom.

Mummy Hack 4: Keep spares.

They only have one head so why do they need two hats, you ask? Always have a spare. Always. When (because it WILL happen) something gets lost, it is easier and less stressful to give them the spare and search for the lost item later. Especially as most schools have a no-hat no-play rule. Six-year-olds do not like getting told they cannot play. Keep a spare, trust me.

Mummy Hack 5: Know the system.

Does your school have a lost property? Will they check name tags or do you have to go through it and find them yourself? Not all schools will automatically send an item back to a child. It takes resources and time to hand deliver every lost item back, after all. Often the name labels just make it easier for you to find the item in the lost property box.

Mummy Hack 6: Reward them.

Ok, I don’t mean give them money or anything, but a little praise for looking after their personal items has never gone astray. Kids love praise and if you tell them you are proud of them for looking after their clothes and stationery supplies they are more likely to continue to do it in the future.