Kids are constantly craving a sense of independence and a great way of providing this is letting them to make the journey to and from school on their own. But as the clocks go back and darkness descends upon us, it's important for children to remain safe when doing so. You're naturally going to be concerned about their safety and will be on the lookout for ways to keep them out of harm's way. However, we also recognise the tendency for them to turn up their noses at anything remotely practical, so here are a few hints and tips on ways that you can give yourself peace of mind, while they remain fashionable.
It's a cliché, but a little bit goes a long way with reflective gear, making this School Waterproof Jacket the perfect choice. Available in either a plain black or navy blue, it features a small amount of reflective piping, which is often all that's needed to catch someone's attention. A great compromise between a more striking design and a fashionable statement comes in the form of these on-trend glow-in-the-dark Hunter Wellington Boots. While not technically an item of 'safety' clothing, their striking design is sure to turn a few heads and they will be craved by little fashionistas. And if they want something less bright we have styles for boys and girls.
However, if you're thinking that you've just bought all the back-to-school stuff you anticipated you'd need and don't really want to go through it all again, or that your child has a favourite coat, shoes or bag that they could not possibly part with, then don't worry because you don't have to start from scratch; we have plenty of 'add-ons' available too.
Self-adhesive reflective tape is the perfect thing to add a bit of glow to items you already own. It will stick on coats, bags, shoes and even bike frames to make them more eye-catching. Prym's self-adhesive tape comes in available in either thin or thick strips.
Alternatively you could give your child the option of customising their bag with a cool hanging tag. There are a variety of designs to choose from, with pink hearts, yellow smiley faces or the edgier skull and crossbones. Or if you want them to add reflective gear to more than one place, then grab some funky reflective stickers available in either pink, yellow or green designs.
Cycling back and forth from school can be great fun for kids and give them a release of energy. However, it doesn't come without its dangers, thanks to rush-hour traffic and people being in a hurry to get home. So they might be better off with something more 'striking', which is where the School Safety Waistcoat comes in to play, available in pink or yellow. If they're not quite brave enough to go for that though, there is always the discreet Reflective Armband that'll help achieve the same goal in a more subtle manner.
Providing your child with safety equipment goes beyond reflective gear though. Unfortunately, we're not quite in an age where all children need to take into school is the latest Smart Tablet, so until then they have to lug around an abundance of textbooks and notepads, which can be heavy, so it is important that they have a bag that is supportive and practical. The Backcare backpack is the only bag officially endorsed by the Backcare Charity, available in small or large. They boast many ergonomically designed features that help children carry the load in a safe manner, which is particularly useful when cycling or walking for prolonged periods.
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