If your child has a diagnosis of diabetes you will need to inform their school so that a care plan can be put into place for them. Usually a diabetic nurse specialist will complete this with you and the school. Some training will also be offered to staff in how to manage your child’s diabetes whilst they are at school, usually this will be from the diabetic nurse specialist.
- Know your child’s signs and symptoms for hypo’s and hyper’s, this will need to be included in their care plan.
- Ensure your child’s medication is in date! Including the one you may have left with the school. Don’t wait until this has expired to get a new one prescribed, plan ahead.
- All medication will need to be labelled with your child’s name and date of birth by the pharmacists
- Your child will need to have their medication with them on any school trips, swimming, after school clubs and for sports; you may need to discuss this with their teacher
- Ensure your child attends all medical appointments
Find out more about supporting your child with their diabetes in school here.
The School Nurse role
Your child's health care plan will cover information about medications they have and how to look after your child if they become unwell while in school.
Writing the health care plan with you is the responsibility of the school but they may ask the school nurse to help by looking at it as a health professional who knows your child and the school.
If you have any ongoing concerns about your child's diabetes and how this is managed in school your child's school nurse can support you. They can also provide support by talking to your child's diabetes specialist nurse if this would be helpful to you, your child or the school.