Once your child starts school, the school nurses will take over the care of your child from your health visitor.
The school nurses are responsible for looking after the health of your children whilst they are in school, from 5-19 years of age.
When your child is in reception year, your child will be offered a growth measurement as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.
Your child will be offered a hearing test by the audiology team and a nasal flu vaccination.
These are some of the things the school nurse can support you and your child with:
- Physical Health
- Emotional Health
- Parenting Advice
- Healthy Lifestyles
Take a look at our video for a summary of what to expect from the school nursing team.
You can contact the school nurses in a number of different ways. These include our confidential text messaging service, ChatHealth, through your child’s school, by finding their contact details through the school nurse finder on our Health for Kids website or your GP.
You can also speak to a health professional through the Healthy Together Helpline, by calling 0300 300 3001.
The Health for Teens website has a range of content for older children, including growing up, relationships and feelings.
The Health for Kids website has resources to support your child through school, with information on health, feelings and illness and has many interactive games for your child to interact with their health.
For some parents and children, starting primary school can be an emotional and worrying time; here are some extra resources that you might want to take a look at to prepare your child for starting: