The Department of Education are continuing to keep us updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Today (Monday 2 March) we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
School Nursing Team
Click on the link below to meet the Team.
Latest School Nurse Newsletter July 2018 (click here)
Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme (November 2017)
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to protect them against flu. Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
In the autumn/winter of this year, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for children in Foundation Stage, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4.
The NHS and Public Health England information leaflet for parents (linked below) covers topics such as side effects, lists children to whom the vaccine should not be given and contains information about its porcine gelatine content. It also provides a link to NHS Choices for further information and sign-posts parents to their GP, school nurse or health visitor if they wish to discuss the immunisation further.
School Entry Vision Screening Programme
The School Entry Vision Programme is a national programme to assess visual health and potential abnormalities for children during their year of entry to school. The intention locally is to move from a clinic based assessment where take up can be low to a school based programme. This means that the Orthoptic Team will contact the school on an annual basis to arrange a visit. This programme will be fully administered by the Plymouth Royal Eye Infirmary and once the date of the visit has been agreed with the School the Eye Infirmary will then inform parents by letter to their home address of the screening. Parents will have the opportunity to reply to the letter and opt out. For further details please contact: Lizzy Padgett, Head Orthoptist. Tel: 01752 439309.