Starting nursery: the essentials

Is your child heading off to nursery? Make sure he's kitted out in these nursery essentials

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Starting nursery? We got it covered!

Embarking into the world of nursery can be daunting for a child… and for parents! You worry will he settle? Does he have anything he needs?

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Feeling prepared can help put your and your child’s mind at ease, so check out our guide to nursery essentials, from clothing to what to pack in his bags…

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What to wear: boys

It’s a tricky task making the practical and the stylish meet. These classic separates are versatile, comfortable and long-wearing – perfect for little boys on the go.

Texas Desert Boot, Pepe at Elias and Grace,  £70.

Argo jacket, Simple Kids at Elias and Grace, £90.

Trousers, Simple Kids at Elias and Grace, £60.

Levin jumper, Simple Kids at Elias and Grace, £55.

Bonton mittens, Elias and Grace, £20.

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What to wear: girls

Pretty, colourful and comfy, these girlie delights are perfect for nursery.

The loose tunic dress is great worn over slouchy jeans. Team these with a gorgeous fitted ruby-red jacket and matching beret.

Shoes must be comfy for all day wear, so ballet pump styles are ideal. Slide the bow clip to avoid any stray hair in the eyes and you have yourself the perfect nursery outfit.

Tunic dress, Molly n Jack at Mini Mode, £16.

Red ruffle coat, Molly n Jack at Mini Mode, £26.

Blue cord trousers, Molly n Jack at Mini Mode, £12.

Shoes, Next, £10.

Bow hair clip, Accessorize, £7 for 3-pack.

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Stepping out: shoes

It’s important to get shoes that are comfortable, fit perfectly and have the adequate heel base, as well as being hard wearing.

These shoes from Clarks, Start-Rite, John Lewis and Camper are our pick of the best.

Blue lace-ups, Autumn/Winter 09 collection at MINI A TURE

Brown leather booties, Camper, £55.

Pediped red patent pumps, John Lewis, £31.

Pink shoes, Start-Rite, £36.

Brown biker boots, Clarks, £30.

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Wrap up warm: jackets

The temperature will start to drop soon so a warm and comfy jacket is vital.

For playing outside or keeping warm on the journey to and from nursery, these colourful offerings should do the trick!

Khaki jacket (main pic), Marks and Spencer, £18.

Teal toggle coat, Frugi, 45.

White padded jacket with little ears, Woolworths, £7.20.

Blue polka dot, Little Joules, £47.

Red jacket with white piping, Cosy Posy, £46.

Grey ruffle jacket, Next, £14.

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Cream duffle coat, Gap Kids at ASOS, £30.

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