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.
The programme 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. Interactive features, such as case studies and self-assessment questions, help to stimulate thinking and reinforce understanding on key themes.
The content, which has been written and peer-reviewed by leading child health experts, is available 24/7 via the Internet. Therefore, you can study in the workplace, at home or on the move.
This e-learning package is mapped to the UK Department of Health’s Healthy Child Programme, although the themes are applicable to healthcare professionals globally. The programme includes some sessions that have been written for MindEd, an open-access mental health programme.
The programme can be used individually or in conjunction with the other programmes in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18, namely the Healthy Child Programme (0 to 5 years) and the Adolescent Health Programme (12 to 18 years).
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.
The School Health Team
This session will explore the key aspects of a 21st century school health service, describing the multidisciplinary team involved in achieving optimum health for all school children aged between 5 and 12 years.
It will contextualise the development of the school health team and its transition to modern day public health practice.
Introduction to Special Educational Needs
This session gives an overview of the different types of special educational needs and barriers to learning.
Each of the modules complements my core training, which is really helpful.
There are relevant modules on children and young people’s mental health and also problematic issues such as… headaches and visual and hearing difficulties.
Single-user access to the Healthy School Child Programme for 12 months costs £50 (excluding VAT where applicable). To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.
Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.