School nursing

School nurses are part of the 0-19 team who care for children and young people, aged 5 - 19*, and their families, to ensure their health needs are supported within their school and community. They work closely with education staff and other agencies to support parents, carers and the children and young people, with physical and/or emotional health needs.

*For SEND children the service extends to the age of 25. 

What does the school nursing team do?

School nurses have a role in the 0-19 team in preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing, by:

  • Encouraging healthier lifestyles
  • Giving information, advice and support to children, young people and their families
  • Key contacts are made in reception and year 6 to weigh and measure your child and offer help if needed

Support if offered to your child throughout the school years should they need it. There will be someone available to talk to about any worries they should have. 

Each member of the 0-19 team has links with many other professionals who also work with children including community paediatricians, child and adolescent mental health teams, health visitors and speech and language therapists. The school health nursing service also forms part of the multi agency services for children, young people and families. 


Some primary and secondary schools may have an allocated school nurse, however this can vary depending on the area  – telephone your child’s school to ask for the contact details of your school nursing team. 

What the school nursing service deliver may vary depending on your local area offer. Click the link below to find information on your local school nursing team: 






North Cumbria

North Tyneside


Redcar and Cleveland

South Tyneside




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