What to expect

Starting primary school can be an exciting time for some children and distressing times for others. By supporting your child at this time is essential in helping them to develop trust in new people, develop friendships and feel confident in themselves.


From when your child was born and until they start school you may have been seen by a Health Visitor: once your child starts school this role transfers to the School Nurse. All schools in Greenwich have a named school nurse who visits the school both weekly or bi weekly dependant on need and the school office will have their name and contact details.


School nurses are qualified nurses, some with additional specialist graduate level education. School nurses work in partnership with other agencies and as part of the wider multidisciplinary team to support the health and wellbeing of school-aged children.


Once your child starts school you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. If you identify any health concerns on your child’s form or if you have informed the school of any health conditions your child may have prior to your child starting school. The school nurse will contact you to arrange a meeting to discuss and if required complete a health care plan with you and the school, to ensure the safety of your child whilst they are in school.


As part of the healthy child programme all children in Reception class will be offered a vision test and hearing test. These are carried out by trained staff. A letter will be sent home informing the parents of the results and the screeners will contact parents as required if a referral to specialist services is required.


Every year, throughout England children in Reception have their height and weight measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). You will receive a letter with more information about the programme in your school. Trained staff will measure your child’s height and weight at school. The results will not be shared with teachers or other children. You do have the opportunity to opt out of the NCMP if you wish to do so. The information about children’s weight helps to build a national and local picture on how children are growing.


During your child’s time in primary school, they may see the school nurse as we support schools in providing advice and support with safeguarding issues, supporting the PSHE or PSE (personal social education) curriculum and facilitating group work such as running half termly parent drop ins , so parents can come for advice on behaviour, bedwetting, eating etc.