As another school year rolls around, parents around the nation are ironing off uniforms and cleaning out the bags. Some will be returning to school after a summer of fun, while thousands will be attending their first day of many in the Australian education system.

For parents it important that you have prepared your children for school. Firstly it's important that your child, or children are in top health. Be sure your child has had a recent check with the doctor so that they are medicated correctly. If your child takes any medication throughout the day you will need to advise the school and ensure they have the correct information – as well as any changes that may have occurred over the holidays. If you have questions about you child's medication or supplements they are on, please speak with one of our pharmacists.

Having a healthy child is important and so is ensuring they are fit and well all year round. Here are some handy - and free - ideas to help your kids get the most out of their school time.

Washing hands

Sounds simple but making sure your little one knows the correct hand washing process is important. At home kids can be helped and guided by family to make sure they keep fingers clean. At school it's a different situation and there are a lot more germs hanging around on knobs, drinking fountains and benches. Be sure to educate your child on how to avoid germs by washing their hands regularly.

Sleep

It recommended that school aged children get between 10-11 hours of sleep a night. Make sure that your children get a good amount of sleep every night, all year round. All-nighters and good health just don't mix. When you're sleep deprived, your brain can't operate at full capacity. Creativity, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills are compromised. Get them to bed on time, ensure they have a safe and quiet environment - they need all that sleep to grow up healthy and happy.

Exercise

While adults should be active at least 3 hours a week, children and adolescents should do 1 hour or more of physical activity each day. Not only does exercise help fight obesity, getting out will help them focus in class. By exercising we increase the blood circulation and the oxygen that reaches the brain. Helping them to 'think clearer' be sure that your children get enough exercise throughout the day. Stay fit to stay focused!

All the best to everyone who is starting school in the next weeks. Especially the to little ones - and their mum's, who are heading off to school for the first time! Also, to all the students going into their final year of school - we wish you all the best!