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, 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 elearning 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 elearning for healthcare (elfh) 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.

More information

The Healthy School Child Programme comprises 41 elearning 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 elearning 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 from the following link:

Full curriculum >


MindEd and the Healthy School Child Programme

In addition, the mental health topics included in the Healthy Child Programme are also freely available as part of the MindEd mental health elearning programme. The Healthy Child Mental Health Framework brings together the mental health elearning sessions from the Healthy Child Programme 0-18 series on the open-access MindEd platform. Visit the MindEd elearning portal here.

HSC curriculum

  • Module 1

    Introduction to 21st Century School Health
  • 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 board

  • Dr Anu Raykundalia

    Dr Anu Raykundalia

    Clinical Lead
  • Dr Fatima Kagalwala

    Dr Fatima Kagalwala

    Clinical Lead
  • Daniel Waeland

    Daniel Waeland

    Director, Education and Training, RCPCH
  • Martin Sinclair

    Martin Sinclair

    National Programme Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

Project team

  • Dr Anu Raykundalia

    Dr Anu Raykundalia

    Clinical Lead
  • Dr Fatima Kagalwala

    Dr Fatima Kagalwala

    Clinical Lead
  • Ian O’Donoghue

    Ian O’Donoghue

    Education and Professional Development Lead, RCPCH
  • Nicole Beckford

    Nicole Beckford

    Project Manager, RCPCH
  • Jasmine Deol

    Jasmine Deol

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sonali Gupta

    Sonali Gupta

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

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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