Growing up


Puberty happens to everyone although the changes take place at different times for different people. Girls tend to start changing a year or so earlier than boys. This could be around the age of 9 or 10 for girls and around 11 or 12 for boys.

Girls will start to have “periods” also known as menstruation. This is when their body starts to ripen the egg in the ovaries and be released every month. The womb (uterus) makes a lining made up of blood and mucus. It will then drip out of the vagina as blood over a matter of days very slowly so they will need to wear sanitary products at this time. It takes a while for a regular pattern to develop so don’t worry too much. Some girls find them a little painful with tummy ache. For more information, click here.

Puberty affects a young person’s thoughts and feelings as well as their body, and you may notice, the young person becoming quite moody. By the time girls are 16 and boys are about 17, puberty changes should be completed



Personal hygiene is about keeping our bodies clean, which makes us healthy and free from germs. As children/young people start to hit puberty, their skin will become greasier and they may develop spots. The hair on their head will also become greasier and need more frequent washing.

In year 5/6 most schools ask the school nurse to speak to the class about puberty and personal hygiene.

For more information on these topics or how to seek to your child about growing up, please contact your school nurse on 0208 8836 8621.