At some point in their life a child might need additional support in school due to physical or mental health needs.
They may need extra help in school to:
- manage a life-long health condition (like diabetes or eczema or asthma)
- cope with a serious illness with uncertain duration (such as cancer)
- cope with episodes of mental illness (such as anxiety or depression)
- return to school after an illness.
To ensure children are safe, healthy and achieving in school or nursery, parents, school staff and any necessary health professionals, should work together in assessing and planning to meet all needs.
Most supports in school will be provided by teaching or support staff. Staged Intervention is used to assess, plan and agree how best to support a child with health needs. Parents are fully involved in this process.
If a child requires medication or other healthcare support during school hours, school staff may be involved in this but extra input from Health Services may also be required. The Scottish government have provided draft guidance.
The Care Inspectorate "Management of Medication in Daycare of Children and Childminding Services" (2012) provides clear guidance for administering medicine for young children in nurseries, crèches, childminders, afterschool clubs and playgroups.