Healthy School Child Programme

The Healthy Child School course focuses on the role of the school-based team in assessing and supporting the health needs of children. It explores issues such as communicating with children and their families, common medical and development issues, as well as identifying and assisting those with additional needs.

Course Fee: GBP 50 | Code: 233

Learning Objectives

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 pediatricians. It includes highly engaging content with photographs, questions, and case studies. It is written and peer-reviewed by leading national and international experts in child health.


Course Information

  • Audience

    School Nurses, GPs and Trainee Paediatricians.

  • Course Duration

    12 months full access to complete the course

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    This course has 41 sessions

  • Study time

    21 Hours of online training. Recommend 30 minutes per session.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion, you are awarded a certificate issued online from respective Royal Medical Colleges

  • Developed by

    UK Department of Health’s National Audiology Programme and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Course Contents

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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