Healthy School Child - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of General Pracitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • BPS

About the Healthy School Child Programme


The Healthy School Child Programme (HSC) is an elearning 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 elearning resources and has been written to fill the age gap between the Healthy Child Programme (0-5 years) and the Adolescent Health Programme (12-18 years).

This resource is suitable for GPs, school nurses, trainee paediatricians and the child health team as part of blended learning for those in training or wishing to update their knowledge and skills.

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-aged child. The programme equally is not designed to address in any detail the specialist needs of children with very complex problems.

What it covers?

The Adolescent Health Programme aims to ensure that all health professionals have essential youth communication skills and understand young people’s rights to consent and confidentiality.

This work was commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by Health Education England (HEE)/elearning 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 and ongoing peer review.  The sessions have undergone a review within the last 3 years and as a result have an improved design as well as having been updated in line with current guidance and references.

More information

The Healthy School Child Programme comprises 41 elearning sessions, grouped together by topic into 7 learning modules. Sessions will signpost the learner to other learning where appropriate. The modules comprise of individual e-learning sessions, which take 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.

Healthy Child Programme and other resources

The Healthy School Child programme can also be used as a browsable resource in conjunction with a number of other elearning programmes including MindEd. Select here to find out more.

HSC curriculum

The HSC curriculum is based on the RCPCH’s Paediatric curriculum. Find out more about the HSC curriculum by selecting the modules below.


  • Module 1

    Introduction to 21st century school
  • Module 2

    The Healthy Child Programme in primary schools
  • Module 3

    Key child public health and mental health issues for 5-12 years
  • Module 4

    The child with additional needs
  • Module 5

    The child with additional needs - long-standing illness or disability
  • Module 6

    Common developmental and health issues in school children 5-12
  • Module 7

    Other problems and issues

Sample sessions

  • School health service

    This session will explore the key aspects of a 21st century school health service, describing the multidisciplinary team involved in achieving optimum health for all school children aged between 5 and 12 years. It will contextualise the development of the school health team and its transition to modern day public health practice.

  • Educational needs and barriers to learning

    This session gives an overview of the different types of special educational needs and barriers to learning.

Project team

  • Daniel Waeland, Executive Director of Education and Training, RCPCH
  • Dr Anu Raykundalia, Project Clinical Lead
  • Dr Fatima Kagalwala, Project Clinical Lead
  • Ian O’Donoghue, Education and Professional Development Lead, RCPCH
  • Karole Smith, Programme Manager, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Jen Van Iwaarden, Senior Project Manager, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Jasmine Deol, Lead Learning Designer, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

How to access

In order to access the Healthy School Child programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Healthy School Child programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Healthy School Child programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Adding ‘Healthy Child Programme 0-18’ content to your account

When registering for the ‘Healthy School Child Programme’, it is possible to add other programmes to your account. If you would like to view content from all programmes in the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 (Healthy Child Programme, Healthy School Child Programme and Adolescent Health Programme), then please follow this link, where it will illustrate how you can easily add elearning content to your account, at any time.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Healthy School Child programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Healthy School Child programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.
You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Healthy School Child programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

More information

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