The Healthy School Child Programme e-learning course comprises 41 e-learning ‘sessions’, grouped together by topic into 7 learning modules. This programme consists of sessions that have been written specifically about the health of school-aged children, as well as sessions that have been developed in conjunction with MindEd, an open-access mental health programme, which have been brought into this programme to maximize the learning opportunity.
Each learning session takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The sessions include interactive elements, case studies and self-assessments to reinforce learning and there are a range of resources signposted at the end of each session. The full curriculum for the Healthy School Child Programme is available for download in pdf format here.
In addition, the mental health topics included in the Healthy School Child Programme are also freely available as part of the MindEd mental health e-learning programme. The Healthy Child Mental Health Framework brings together the mental health e-learning sessions from the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series on the open-access MindEd platform. Visit the MindEd Healthy Child Mental Health Framework here.
For a brief description of each module within the HSC curriculum, please see below.
This module sets the context for the healthy school child programme and describes the wider team supporting children of primary school age and reviews the skills needed for engaging with children and families.
This module describes the approach of the school health team and the school nurse to supporting the health needs of the primary school child; the identification of the vulnerable child and the child with extra needs and the team approach to the provision of the support needed, particularly for the new entrant to school and those at the transition to secondary education.
This module describes the common public health issues affecting primary school children, including emotional development, infections, safety and accidents. It also summarises the issues around medication in school and offers an overview of child growth, nutrition, puberty, and obesity.
This module looks at the identification, assessment and support of the child with additional needs including learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental problems such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and tics and Tourettes. The management of behaviour problems and issues around grief and loss and the needs of socially vulnerable children, including young carers are reviewed.
This module looks at common medical problems, how they affect children of primary school age and how they can be supported. This includes epilepsy faints funny turns physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, asthma, hayfever allergies and diabetes.
This module describes the support needed by children with common developmental problems with continence, wetting, soiling, hearing loss and vision problems. The management and support of children with eye infections and injuries, and bone, joint and muscle problems is reviewed; and an approach to headaches and migraine and sleep problems is described.
This module offers an overview of the reasons for, consequences of, and management of school attendance. It also looks at some common or serious conditions can be easily missed.