A - Z Parent Guide
Primary School Nursing Program
The Department of Education and Training (DET) Primary School Nursing Program offers a free health assessment to children in their first year of primary school. The aim of the program is to promote child health and wellbeing and to assist in the early identification of children with potential health related learning difficulties.
The Primary School Nursing Program is a service provided by registered nurses that have expertise in child health and development and understand the needs and concerns of families and school communities. The program provides parents/carers, teachers and nurses an opportunity to work together for the health and wellbeing of children and their educational progress.
In order for your child to participate, a ‘School Entrant Health Questionnaire’ must be completed, signed and returned to school (sent home to parents in Term 2). This will allow the school nurse to have an understanding of any concerns you may have about your child’s health. The school will ensure your information is stored securely until required by the school nurse (see Privacy).
If the nurse has concerns about your child’s health after assessing your child, the nurse will contact you. The nurse may suggest referring your child to be assessed or treated by another health professional or agency. A report will be sent to you, giving the outcome of your child’s assessment. Only with your permission, and if appropriate the assessment results may be provided to your child’s teacher. The health assessment is not intended to replace your normal source of health care.
If you do not want your child to participate, you must sign the non-consent section of the ‘School Entrant Health Questionnaire’ and return to school.
If, at any time during primary school, you or your child’s teachers have concerns about your child’s health, you can ask for the Primary School Nurse to check your child. Referral forms are available at the Office.