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The Healthy School Child Programme 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 e-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.

MindEd and the Healthy School Child Programme

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 e-learning portal here.

For a brief description of each module within the HSC curriculum, please see below:             

Module 1 - Introduction to 21st Century School Health

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.

Module 2 - The Healthy Child Programme in Primary Schools

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.

Module 3 - Key Child Public Health and Mental Health Issues for 5-12 years

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.

Module 4 - The Child with Additional Needs

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.

Module 5 - The Child with Additional Needs - Long-standing Illness or Disability

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.

Module 6 - Common Developmental and Health Issues in School Children 5-12

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.

Module 7 - Other Problems and Issues

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 that can be easily missed.



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