School Nursing

School Nurses are part of the 0-19 team who care for children and young people, aged 5 - 19*, and their families, to ensure their health needs are supported within their school and community. They work closely with education staff and other agencies to support parents, carers and the children and young people, with physical and/or emotional health needs.

*For SEND children the service extends to the age of 25. 

School nurses have a role in the 0-19 team in preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing, by:

  • encouraging healthier lifestyles
  • providing immunisations
  • giving information, advice and support to children, young people and their families
  • key contacts are made in reception and year 6 to weigh and measure your child and offer help if needed
  • vision and hearing screening in reception
  • providing individual support for emotional health and wellbeing. 
  • supporting vulnerable children
  • supporting children to access school
  • supporting children with additional needs. 

Support if offered to your child throughout the school years should they need it. There will be someone available to talk to about any worries they should have. 

Each member of the 0-19 team has links with many other professionals who also work with children including community paediatricians, child and adolescent mental health teams, health visitors and speech and language therapists. The school health nursing service also forms part of the multi agency services for children, young people and families. 

State-funded mainstream schools are covered by the school nursing service. 

You can get information about how to contact your school nursing team here. 

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