The Healthy School Child Programme (HSC) is an e-learning programme for all healthcare professionals working with children aged 5-12 years. It is the second programme in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series of e-learning resources, including the Healthy Child Programme and Adolescent Health Programme.
It is suitable for school nurses, GPs, trainee paediatricians and the child health team as a blended learning resource for those in training, or wishing to update. It can also be used as a browsable resource in conjunction with the MindEd child mental health e-learning programme. HSC focuses on the school-based team, the awareness, assessment and support of the mental and other health needs of primary school-age children, and the key issues around the identification and support of children with extra needs: social, physical or environmental.
This work was commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) in collaboration with a consortium of professional bodies. The materials have been written by subject specialists and experts in their particular field and have been subjected to extensive peer review.
The programme is not intended to replace core learning or textbooks on these subjects, but rather to focus on their impact on the health and wellbeing of the school-age child. The programme equally is not designed to address in any detail the specialist needs of children with very complex problems.