It is about this time of the year that schools start working out next year’s class allocations and informing parents of what course of action to take if they have any special request relating to these class allocations. Next year already! It seemed like only yesterday that it was the first day of the 2015 school year. This year has flown by so quickly and Christmas is next month!Manyshopping centres and departmental stores have already put up Christmas decorations and some have even been heard playing Christmas music. Schools are about half way through the fourth and last term of school.

This is the term when schools are busy with excursions, incursions, prep transitions, high school transitions, student support meetings with parents, Christmas concerts and all the last minute things. By next month, parents will be sent paperwork for school fees, school uniform and school supplies for next year. Sometime after mid-January parents are expected to pick up their children’s school (stationery) supplies and label every single item before school starts later that month. Do you realise how time-consuming and tedious it is to individually label every coloured pencil and crayon in the pack, let alone the other items? It is not a job that can be done in a few minutes the night before school starts. Not unless you already have name labels pre-printed.


What are pre-printed name labels?

Pre-printed name labels are stick on or iron on labels that you can design and order with your child’s name on them. The stick on labels are made of high quality vinyl with strong adhesive backs. The adhesive is more effective if the labels are stuck on clean and smooth surfaces, as rough surfaces will allow water to get under the labels and weaken the adhesive. The labels are quick and easy to apply and also dishwasher and microwave safe,so are ideal for drink bottles and lunch boxes. The labels have a clear coating that protects them from scratches; thereby preventing fading and smudging. To make it easy to distinguish your child’s belongings from their classmates, you can choose a specific colour or icon to include on your name labels. Icons are great for young children who can’t read their names yet. There are also icons that alert others to your child’s food allergies. You can choose a set colour or a combination of colours.

So many choices

So many choices

The name labels are available in a range of shapes and sizes such as large rectangular shape of approximately 90 x 20 mmin diameter (pack of 50 labels) which are ideal for musical instruments, sports equipment, books and medications; small rectangular shape of approximately 50 x 20 mm in diameter (pack of 50 labels); small round shape of approximately 25 mm in diameter (pack of 50 labels); mini rectangular shape of approximately 46 x 6 mm (pack of 100 labels) which are ideal for pencils and small items; and so many more sizes. With so many sizes to choose from, it is easy to be confused about the correct size for your items. Not to worry because you can test the size by typing your child’s name on the product previewer provided by the store’s website before placing your order. If you are still at a loss as to which label to choose, simply contact the label company online or by phone and their friendly customer service will be happy to guide you. Then there are the different font and font sizes to choose from. And for people who want something unique, there is even a Chinese character font available.



Teaching responsibility and independence

Once you are happy with your selection, simply place your order online, pay via their secure payment option and wait for your order to arrive in the mail. There is no need to drive to a label company to make your purchase. All you have to do after that is to stick the name labels on to your child’s school supplies and the items are ready for the new school year.  Your child’s teacher will be thankful for these labels because it teaches children to be responsible for their own belongings and being able to easily identify their own belongings is an important step to a child’s independence.




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