We support the health and well being of school-aged children and young people who attend state maintained schools, free schools and academy schools in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, and their families.
We also support children who are home educated and living in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.
Who we are
When dealing with our school nursing team you might meet or contact:
- School Nurse: a registered nurse with further specialist qualification in public health at degree or masters level
- Staff Nurse: a registered nurse with additional experience in public health, child health and development
- Nursery Nurse: qualified in child development with training in sleep, behavioural interventions and promotion of healthy eating
- School Health Assistant: experienced in working with children and young people in schools and in the community
- Administrator: provide clerical support to the school nursing team
When your child starts school in Reception year, you will receive a letter explaining the hearing and vision screening and National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP) processes. A health questionnaire will also be sent at a later date to be completed and returned to your child's school.
After the screenings and checks are completed, you’ll receive a copy of the results. If your child's measurements fall outside the healthy range you will be sent a letter at a later date with further advice and information.
All Year 6 children are also offered the opportunity to be checked as part of the childhood measurement programme, and the School Nursing team will contact you by letter if your child’s weight falls outside the healthy range.
We do not provide the school aged immunisation programme but have close links with the Berkshire Healthcare immunisation service, which offers immunisations to all children attending a school (state and independent) in Berkshire. You can find out more about the immunisation programme on the NHS website or on our immunisation pages.
- Measuring the height and weight of children in Reception year and Year 6 as part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP). After the screenings and measurements are completed, you will receive a copy of the results. If your child’s measurements fall outside the healthy weight range you will be sent a letter to your home address with further advice and information. For further information about the programme please visit the NHS website
- Checking the hearing of children in Reception year (hearing screening)
- Checking the sight of children in Reception year at schools in Bracknell Forest (vision screening). For children at schools in Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, this check is done by orthoptist teams from the Royal Berkshire Hospital
- Reviewing completed health questionnaires from parent and carers for all children in Reception year
- Providing confidential health advice and support to children and young people of school age and their families on a range of health-related topics, including:
- Long-term medical conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and acute allergy
- Bed wetting (enuresis), which includes advice on toilet training and use of nappies, drinking patterns, bed wetting alarms and medical therapies. For further advice you may find the Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC) website helpful. School nurses run enuresis clinics which you can refer to directly, please use the contact details in the section "Contact details for your local area"
- Behavioural or emotional difficulties
- Working with other health services to get children and young people with non-complex needs or disabilities the specialist services they need
- Offering support and advice to families regardless of your child’s age on weight management and healthy lifestyles. For additional advice you may find the NHS healthy weight and advice for parents pages useful
- Working closely with children and young people who have been identified as needing to be safeguarded or ‘looked after’ by the local authority
- Keeping school staff up to date on common medical conditions such as asthma and epilepsy
- Where needed, we can refer a child or young person to other services such as GPs, speech and language therapy, audiology, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), talking therapies, paediatricians, children’s social care and voluntary services
- Playing an active role in keeping children safe in accordance with the government policy ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)’.
Your child’s personal information remains conﬁdential. We will only share information with other health or social care professionals if it is necessary and not usually without permission. However, it may be necessary for us to do this in exceptional cases.
We are committed to providing the highest standards of care and welcome your views on our service. If you would like to comment please contact your local school nursing team.
No referral is necessary for routine height and weight measurement or hearing and vision checks; however, a referral will be required for other services such as to attend a bed wetting clinic. We are pleased to accept referrals from young people, parents, schools and other agencies. To make a referral or for further advice please contact your school nursing team using the contact details under "contact details for your local area".
Each local School Nursing service has a contact telephone number and email address. Business hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm with reduced cover during school holidays.
0300 365 6000 and select option 3
0118 949 5055
0118 955 6888
We do not provide School Nursing services in Slough, Windsor or Maidenhead. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are:
01753 373464 / 0800 7723578
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
School nurse emotional health offer - Reading
School nurse emotional health offer - West Berksire