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School Nursing - information for parents and carers

What can the School Nursing service offer my family?    

School nurses offer a school entrant health review in reception year, and the National Child Measurement Programme in Year R and Year 6.           

School nurses offer a School Entrant Health Review in Reception year, and the National Child Measurement Programme in Reception and Year 6.

You will receive a letter about the NCMP in advance of the school nurse visiting your child’s school. 

Parent/carers are asked to complete a health questionnaire for their child at school entry and give consent for vision and hearing screening. If any concerns are raised the School Nursing team may contact the parent/carer to discuss further.  

The school entry vision screening assesses distance vision.  If a child’s vision is not within normal limits a referral to an eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) or to a local Optician will be recommended to parents. The school entry hearing screening assesses hearing across a verity of frequencies and volumes.  If a child’s hearing is not within normal limits a retest or referral to a hearing specialist (Audiologist) will be recommended to parents.

 It is advisable that parents/carers inform school staff if their child has a vision or hearing problem so that any modifications can be made to aid their learning in school. For example they can be seated near the white board if appropriate.

Children and young people in full-time education are entitled to receive free vision assessment at an optician and this is recommended 2 yearly (NHS choices).

Children in Reception and Year 6 are weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which is an important element of the Government’s work programme on childhood obesity. In reception year children are weighed and measured as part of the school entry review to check that they are growing healthily and to identify any growth problems. Results are sent to parents in a letter.

Immunisations are provided in line with the Healthy Child Programme 5-19, at various times throughout the school years.  You will receive a letter about each programme including the consent form for your child. Find out more about immunisations here.

School nurses are able to offer information and advice to help you and your family stay healthy, they are are skilled at spotting health problems or concerns early so that we can provide early support.

We work with local communities, schools, families, and individual children and young people.


For advice on when it's safe for your child to go to school, as well as information on managing childhood illnesses and other conditions including headlice and threadworm see NHS Choices and Healthier Together.
The NHS 111 service is able to offer confidential health advice 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year. It is free to call 111 from a landline or mobile phone.

If you would like support from a School Nurse please contact your local School Nurse team

You can also complete a request for support form.  

  • Change 4 Life
  • A range of information on marketing campaign's with leaflets and digital resources are available from Public Health England here.
  • National Child Measurement programme leaflet for parents.
  • Healthier Together provides parents with information to help keep your child safe and healthy as well as helping you decide what to do when you feel unwell   
  • Child and adolescent Mental Health services help children and young people, their families and carers when someone is experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties
  • NHS Choices provides a guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help. It also provides details about vaccinations   



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