10 top tips for summer holiday fun and back to school prep

  • WIN a fantastic prize for growing babies and more with these 10 top tips and tricks for families this summer
  • Make this summer holiday one your children will never forget with these 10 top tips for families (and your chance to win a FANTASTIC prize!) 

Win amazing prizes and make the most of the summer holidays with Checklist’s top 10 tips for family fun and wellbeing. 

Have fun in the sun (safely!) 

It’s the school holidays at long last and the summer sun is finally making a comeback, hooray!

Naturally, we’ll all be eager to get out and about this season and make the most of the fantastic weather. But it’s important to make sure your children are protected from the sun while you do so.

There are lots of easy ways to do this, from seeking shade during the middle of the day and making sure your kids wear sun hats. But for an extra layer of protection, you can’t go wrong with sunscreen. 

For a superior option that is dermatologically tested, allergy certified and specifically developed for children, choose P20 Kids.  

This next level sunscreen provides uniquely effective protection for children’s sun sensitive skin. Available as a cream, their SPF50+ range has the durability to keep up with whatever fun little ones will be getting up to this month. 

Boasting up to 10 hours of sun protection, up to three hours of water resistance, and superior rated UVA protection after one application, this innovative sunscreen is allergy certified, dermatologist tested and fragrance free. That means you confidently apply it to your little ones’ skin knowing they are fully protected no matter what adventures are planned for the day ahead. 

The Info: Click here to find out more.

The gift with plenty of flavour

At long last, we can get back to enjoying our favourite past times – most notably eating out! What a relief to not have to do the cooking anymore…

Anyway. Whether you’re looking to treat a family member or fellow foodie friend, one great way to celebrate the return to normal life is by gifting someone you love with the One4all Restaurant Favourites Gift Card.  

The Restaurant Favourites Gift Card is all about celebrating amazing food and fun times with family and friends. So, if you’re lucky enough to be gifted one, you’ll find you can spend it in pretty much any restaurant you like. 

From a mouth-watering Italian feast at the likes of Ask Italian, Bella Italia and Pizza Express, to a delicious Asian sensation at wagamama, home of classic katsu curries, there’s something for everyone to enjoy with this gift card. The only difficult thing is knowing which one to choose.

The One4all Restaurants Favourite Gift Card can be loaded with any amount between £15 – £100 and is available to buy from your local Post Office, Tesco, selected supermarkets and online at one4all.com 

The Info: Click here to find out more. 

Traceable, safe, and farmed with care 

We all want to give our families good quality food, but it’s difficult to know where to look or who to trust.

That’s where Red Tractor come in to make your food shopping trips that bit easier. The Red Tractor logo guarantees that the product you’re buying is traceable, safe and farmed with care. 

That means all food bearing the logo, from succulent beef steaks to juicy chicken breasts, can be traced back to responsible British farmers who meet world leading standards and ensure the wellbeing of their animals.

To become assured, farmers and processors must meet a strict set of standards, which are assessed by more than 450 independent inspectors, all of whom are appropriately trained and sufficiently experienced. Together, they conduct more than 60,000 checks a year to ensure that all products with the Red Tractor logo are traceable, safe and farmed with care.

So for peace of mind about what goes on your table, when you shop just look for the Red Tractor label.

The Info: Click here to find out more. 

On your… scooter!

Are your family desperate to get on board the e-scooter trend? You need to check out Electric Future UK.

These specialists in electrified transport offer everything from hoverboards to gym equipment – but their bread and butter has to be e-scooters.

Available for adults and kids, all Electric Future UK scooters come with a 12-month warranty as well as free and fast delivery. You can also spread your payments or simply pay later as their site hosts Klarna and Payl8r.

But let’s get back to the exciting bit: the actual scooters. 

For little ones, The FUNDOT electric scooter has been a hit with kids nationwide. Built with front and rear breaks, LED lights and super-grip tyres, this scooter can keep your child safe while they’re whizzing about town – and it has three speed modes to prevent them from zooming out of reach too quickly. 

Then for the grown-ups, there’s the best-selling Original AOVO Pro. On one charge, this scooter has a range of over 20 miles, making it a green and efficient means of getting to and from work or doing the school run. At 12kg it’s also light, and can be easily folded down if you’re travelling further afield with it. But most importantly, it’s fast yet safe, with a top speed of 15mph and LCD lights and electric disc brakes.

The Info: Click here to find out more and explore the range. 

WIN! One of five game-changing weaning bundles worth nearly £90!

Keeping little ones clean and presentable is no mean feat – particularly when it comes to mealtimes.

But there’s a way to wean your children without having to completely change their outfit after every meal, thanks to game-changing Bibado Coverall.

Invented by Rachel Wood, a mother of twins, the Bibado Coverall straps to your highchair to catch every single spill, so your tot (and their outfit) remain spotlessly clean. It’s obviously a great solution for small but messy eaters, and has the added bonus of protecting clothes during craft activities such as painting too.

To complement this award-winning product, Bibado have launched ergonomic weaning cutlery called Handi Cutlery. Designed to attach to the Coverall, Handi Cutlery allows your little one to pick up and drop their cutlery as many times as it takes for them to get the hang of using it… and all without it ending up on the floor covered in germs!  

What’s more, thanks to this brilliant competition, you could win one of five Bibado Starter Weaning bundles, which each include three easy-wipe Coveralls of your choice in six different designs with either long or short sleeve, plus three sets of matching Handi Cutlery.  

The Info: Click here to find out more and use exclusive discount code CHECKLIST to get two bibs for £30, saving £10.

PLUS, click here for your chance to win one of five Bibado Starter Weaning Bundles.    

Put your little ones in safe hands 

Nursery and preschool are essential for our children’s early development, both for the basis of their formal education as well as to hone key life skills.

As parents we want only the best for our children, so finding a care provider that ticks all the boxes is key. So, enter Bright Horizons Family Solutions: the UK’s leading childcare provider.

With over 30 years’ experience in childcare and development, these guys know a thing or two about creating inspiring, educational and, most importantly, safe environments for growing minds.

From babies right throught to pre-schoolers, all children are treated to a rich, stimulating environment where they can make friends, grow confidence and have fun every single day.

All children have access to exciting outdoor spaces and receive freshly prepared, chef-cooked meals every day to ensure they get all the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong. Plus, all Bright Horizons fees also cover nappies, wipes and creams so you have nothing to worry about. 

Simply drop them off at the start of the day and they’ll be well catered for in every respect.

The Info: Click here to find out more or call 0333 363 7243 to book a personal tour.

The ultimate snack 

The best time of day is snack time! But finding options that are not only quick to prepare but appealing to all the small people in your house can be a challenge.

Enter American-style SKIPPY® Peanut Butter, which comes in Extra Smooth and Extra Crunchy varieties. Creamy, dreamy and delicious, this spread is perfectly versatile, be it for baking scrummy goodies like cupcakes and cookies, to conjuring up savoury delights such as satays and dips. Or, just stick to the classic in a sandwich with jam – yum!  

SKIPPY® Peanut Butter isn’t just tasty, it’s also a good source of protein, which makes it perfect for taking on day trips or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. And, for those occasions where you want an extra treat, you can also get New SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Choc Chip Swirl – as amazing on toast as it is enjoyed on its own with a spoon. 

Buy SKIPPY® Peanut Butter from major UK supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco, Ocado, Costco 

The Info: Click here for recipe inspiration and more.

Back to school labelling essentials 

Whether your child will be returning to school in September or starting nursery for the first time, the summer holidays are an ideal period to get them prepared for the new term. 

Stocking up on stationery and making sure their school shoes fit are all part and parcel of the standard back-to-school prep, but one thing that often gets overlooked is labelling your child’s belongings so their things don’t get lost – and that’s where Easy2Name comes in.

From waterproof, full colour stickers for labelling bottles, shoes and school equipment to stick-on clothing labels and stamps, there are cool name tags for everything you can imagine at Easy2Name.

One of their most popular ranges, the Bright & Brilliant collection, is perfect for school kids as it has lots of playful designs, making belongings unique and easy to identify – especially for little ones who can’t read their name yet. The range also includes bag tags; shoe and clothing stickers, and even personalised lunch boxes.

Easy2Name’s School Value Pack is perfect for the new school year, and includes their clothing stickers, equipment labels and shoe label covers – everything you need to make sure your little ones are back-to-school ready!

The Info: Click here to find out more and use discount code CHECKLIST25 to get 25% off.  

Welcome to Puppy Club

Are you a lockdown dog owner? Three million families in the UK have taken on a dog since the start of the pandemic in 2020, meaning there are now 12 million pooches living in Britain. 

But a quarter of those who bought a lockdown puppy say they’ve found it harder to cope with than a child, and have even considered returning their pets because of struggles in handing them.

However, you don’t need to struggle alone. With Burns Pet Nutrition’s Puppy Club, you can get the help you need so you can concentrate on all the fun elements of being a doggy owner.

The Burns Puppy Club is a special membership club created to help new pet parents navigate the first year of their pup’s life. Members get a complimentary 6kg of award-winning pet food, a year’s worth of essential advice delivered by expert nutritionists, plus exclusive member gifts, such as a birthday card when your pooch turns one.  

The most exciting news, however, is that membership normally costs £9.99 – but now it’s completely FREE. So, whether you have a puppy or know someone who does, spread the word and sign up now.

The Info: Click here to find out more. 

All aboard for summer fun! 

The school holidays are exciting, but it is an awfully long length of time to keep your children entertained for (and we’ve already had to do more than our fair share of that this past year or so!).

So, if you’re running out of inspiration or simply want to keep your children engaged during their time off, take a look at Tree Tops Clubs.

Tree Tops Clubs is a leading provider of Ofsted-registered Out of School Clubs, offering breakfast, after school and holiday groups throughout the UK.

Ideal for busy, working parents, Tree Tops Clubs also runs a Holiday Activities and Fun programme for children on benefit-related school meals, so all children can have a healthy and happy time away from school and make new friends.

Visit their website to find a club near you and find out more about their latest news and events.

The Info: Click here to find your nearest venue and use code SUMMERCHECKLIST10 for 10% off.  

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