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Starting school

The first day at school can be tough for children and parents, but with a little preparation it’ll be easier for you to cope.

This page will guide you through some preparations you can make to ensure your child is ready for school, and for the transition to secondary school.

Starting school

  • Help your child develop the skills they need to be independent such as dressing themselves, being able to go to the toilet alone, looking after their possessions, feeding themselves, playing with other children and being able to communicate.
  • Pre-school immunisations should be up to date. These are usually given at 3 years 3 months. Please contact your GP surgery if you are unsure.
  • A check up with the dentist if not already done so.

Your child’s health in reception year

  • Reception year children receive a health questionnaire for parents to complete
  • All children are offered to participate in the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), along with a vision and hearing screen. Parental consent is required.
  • All children in England have their height and weight measured in reception and again in year 6 as part of the NCMP in order to understand how children are growing. The programme is voluntary and you can opt out if you wish your child to be excluded or if they have a medical condition that can affect their growth they may not be eligible for inclusion. The records of heights and weights are submitted for national analysis, but individual children cannot be directly identified. All information and results are treated confidentially.

Primary school vaccinations

  • Flu vaccinations are offered to all children in reception, year 1, 2, 3, 4. Parental Consent is required. For more information visit our Immunisations page

Transitioning to secondary school

  • All students can access their school nurse for confidential health advice/support at school through the weekly School Nurse Drop-in Sessions. The day and venue is advertised in the school
  • ChatHealth Service – this is a confidential texting service for young people to access the School Nurse.
  • Both the drop-ins and ChatHealth provide advice and support on physical, emotional, or sexual health concerns that young people may have
  • The School Nurse attends the Year 7 assembly at the beginning of the academic year
  • Parents/carers need to inform the school or School Nurse Service of any Health Care Plans as soon as possible
  • Immunisations – all students are offered vaccinations in school as part of the Childhood Immunisation Programme.

Additional health needs

  • Those children requiring an Epipen (Anaphylaxis) or Buccal Medazolam (Epilepsy) medication in school will require a School Health Care Plan. The parent/carer needs to inform the school or the School Nurse Service as soon as possible to ensure that a Health Care Plan is put in place to keep your child safe
  • Parents/carers can contact the School Nurse Service at any time for advice and support for their child relating to healthy lifestyle, toileting, emotional/behavioural issues etc.