The School Nursing Service delivers the Healthy Child Programme (5-19) for children and young people who are aged between five and nineteen years old. We work in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that children’s health needs are supported within their school and community.
Every school in has a named school nurse and we support children once they start in full time school aged four years old until they are 19 years old. To find the name of your child’s school nurse, please click here.
We are trained nurses who have qualified as Registered Nurses and worked in the hospital before specialising in children’s health and wellbeing by gaining a graduate level public health qualification in the health needs of children and young people. We work in teams supported by community staff nurses, nursery nurses, clinical support workers and administrative staff.
School nurses can support individual children and young people through offering advice and signposting for a range of health issues including emotional health and behaviour, growing up, puberty & sexual health, smoking & alcohol, medical needs, healthy eating and lifestyles. We work closely with other health professionals including Health Visitors, GPs and Community Paediatricians. We also work with professionals from other organisations including social care and education.
The team works with schools to develop their health plans and supports the school to deliver health and wellbeing advice. We offer schools support to deliver personal, social , and health education (PSHE) topics such as sex and relationships and emotional health and wellbeing. We deliver group sessions to teach children and young people skills to improve their confidence and self-esteem. We also support the local Parenting Strategy by delivering Parenting Programmes.