School Nursing (0-19 Service)

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School Nursing is part of the Trust’s 0-19 Service through which we support children and their families at home and at school from birth to 19 years old.

Our school nurses offer advice and support to children and young people aged 4-19 and their families regarding health needs and public health issues.

We take over the care of children from the Health Visiting Team when they reach school age and continue with the Healthy Child Program which begins at birth.

We see children in school to offer routine health screening and assessment.

We give information about:

  • managing additional health needs in schools and educational settings
  • developmental concerns
  • growth, hearing and vision screening
  • the childhood immunisation programme
  • behaviour, social and emotional wellbeing, including safeguarding
  • common infectious diseases

Reception and Year 1 (age 4 to 5)

All parents/carers are offered an opportunity to consent to screening of height, weight, hearing and vision.  When consent is obtained all screening will take place in school and the vision check will be carried out by an orthoptist from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Secondary Schools

The School Nursing Service continues into secondary schools where it provides a range of services for teenagers.

We use a mixture of displays, workshops and confidential nurse led clinics to meet the health needs of young people in secondary school and further education.

This includes advice and signposting for:

  • advice on smoking
  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • sexual health and contraception
  • weight issues
  • emotional health and wellbeing – the Epic Friends website is a useful resource

Find your local team

The map shows the locations and contact details of our Health Visiting (yellow) and School Nursing (red) teams across Sheffield.

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