Healthy School Child Programme - Promoting the Health of Children aged 5 to 12 years
The Healthy School Child Programme is part of the wider Healthy Child Programme 0-18. This high-quality educational resource is designed for healthcare professionals who care for children aged 5 to 12, including school nurses, GPs and trainee paediatricians.
Module 1 – Introduction to 21st Century School Health
This module sets the context for the healthy school child programme, describes the wider team supporting children of primary school age and reviews the skills needed for engaging with children and families.
Module 2 – The Healthy Child Programme in Primary Schools
This module describes the approach of the school health team and the school nurse to supporting the health needs of the primary school child and the identification of the vulnerable child and the child with extra needs. It also explores the team approach to the provision of support, particularly for new school entrants and those at the transition to secondary education.
Module 3 – Key Child Public Health and Mental Health Issues for 5-12 years
This module describes the common public health issues affecting primary school children, including emotional development, infections, safety and accidents. It also summarises the issues around medication in school and it explores child growth, nutrition, puberty and obesity.
Module 4 – The Child with Additional Needs
This module looks at the identification, assessment and support of the child with additional needs, including learning difficulties and neurodevelopmental problems, such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), tics and Tourettes. It also looks at the management of behaviour problems and issues around grief and loss as well as the needs of socially vulnerable children, including young carers.
Module 5 – The Child with Additional Needs – Long-standing Illness or Disability
This module looks at common medical problems, how they affect children of primary school age and how they can be supported. It examines epilepsy, faints, funny turns, physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, asthma, hay fever allergies and diabetes.
Module 6 – Common Developmental and Health Issues in School Children 5–12
This module describes the support needed by children with common developmental problems such as continence, wetting, soiling, hearing loss and vision problems. It looks at the management and support of children with eye infections and injuries as well as bone, joint and muscle problems. It also outlines an approach for dealing with headaches and migraine and sleep problems.
Module 7 – Other Problems and Issues
This module offers an overview of the reasons for, consequences of, and management of school attendance. It also looks at how some common or serious conditions can be easily missed.
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