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Transition to school: Introducing the school nursing team

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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 nasal flu vaccination.

These are some of the things the school nurse can support you and your child with:

  • Behaviour
  • Continence
  • Physical Health
  • Emotional Health
  • Parenting Advice
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Take a look at our videos for a summary of what to expect from the school nursing team in your area.

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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 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. You can also visit the Health for Kids: Grownups area for content specifically for parents and carers of primary school age children.

For some parents and children, starting primary school can be an emotional and worrying time; to help prepare your child for starting school, we have produced a wide range of information to help the transition.

Here are some extra resources that you might want to take a look at to prepare your child for starting school:

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Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Chat Health. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

Page last reviewed: 10-01-2024

Next review due: 10-01-2027