What to expect

Moving through 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 in preparation for secondary school, develop wider friendships and feel confident in themselves.

 

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.

Every year, throughout England, children in Year 6 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, you child may see the school nurse as school nurses support schools in achieving four themes. This may include providing advice and support with safeguarding issues, undertaking a 1.1 health assessment on all year 6 pupils, supporting the PSHE or PSE (personal social education) curriculum and facilitating group work such as running half termly parent drop is , so parents can come for advice on behaviour, bed wetting eating etc.