IT'S THE WEEKEND: Shopping with Keiligh Baker - Getting your kids ready for the new school term

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IT'S nearly time to get your youngsters ready to go back to school.

I’m sure most of us fondly remember the night before the first day back, when you'd have butterflies in your stomach as you prepared your brand spanking new uniform, filled your new rucksack or satchel with your new pencils and contemplated seeing your friends and tormentors in the morning. It's one of the best feelings in the world, a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

Of course, they grow so fast don't they? Luckily, the high street and and supermarkets have taken this on board and you can get a smart uniform including shoes, coat and bag for your child for under £30 if you wish. While the quality may be compromised slightly, if your child is growing like a weed, cheap, cheerful and tough is the best you can ask for.

For fashion-conscious older children you can buy uniform pieces from many high street stores beloved by teens - New Look, Topshop and River Island all offer plain black trousers, skirts and bags for both boys and girls at fairly reasonable prices, and River Island even has a back to school section on its website.

So, we've searched the internet and the high street for some of the best bargains out there to ensure your little ones are as smart as possible on their first day - although it's very much up to them if they remain in such pristine condition by the end of the day!

1. F&F at Tesco School 2 Pack of Boys Easy Iron Short Sleeve Shirts (In white and blue) £3.00 - £5.00

2. F&F School Girls Permanent Pleat Pinafore £6

3. George at Asda From £5 Girls School Bow Detail Skater Skirt - Grey

4. George at Asda Girls School Regular Blazer – Black From £10

5. NEXT White Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt (3-16yrs) £7 - £12

6. Marks & Spencer Boys' Cotton Rich Cricket Slipover with StayNEW™ & Active Sport™ FROM £10

7. Marks & Spencer 2 Pack Girls' Scallop Edge Polo Shirts with Stain Away™ FROM £7

8. Gola Redford Safari bag £25

9. Accessorize Ola Owl Rucksack £35

10. George at ASDA Gingham school dress £4

11. MAIN IMAGE: Marks & Spencer younger Boy: Pure Merino Wool Jumper From £13, Boys 2Pk Non Iron LS Shirt From £9, Pleat front classic leg trousers from £9. Older Girl: Girls 2Pk Cap Sleeve Revere Blouse From £9, Pencil Skirt From £10 . Older Boy: Tailored Long Sleeve Shirt From £12, Fashion Blazer From £22, Slim-Leg Trousers From £13. Younger Girl: Girls 2Pk Pintuck Blouse From £9, Lined Pleated Skirt From £10

12. Cuckooland.com kids backpack small by Beatrix New York in Katarina the Frog £35

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