School Nurses work across Education and Health, providing a link between school, home and the community in order to improve the health and wellbeing of school age children up to the age of 18 years.
What we do
- Supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 4-18 years, School Nurses work across Education and Health, providing a valuable link between school, home and the community.
- School Nurses are qualified and registered Nurses or Midwives who have chosen to gain experience, training and qualifications to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.
Who can access this service?
- Any Parent, Guardian, Carer, Foster Carer, Teacher or in fact anyone with a health concern about a school age child. Please refer to the School Nursing Service Referral Pathway. School Nursing Service Referral Pathway [226kb]
- Email the School Nursing Service at: SchoolNurses@gov.gg or complete the School Nursing Service Referral Form. School Nursing Service Referral Form [183kb]
- Each primary school has a Lead named School Nurse and Staff Nurse who can be contacted either through the school or directly at Lukis House. We can provide confidential help and advice to children, parents, carers and families in these areas:
- Help and support for parents and carers to meet their children's health needs such as healthy lifestyle, enuresis (bed-wetting), sleep and hygiene.
- Support parents and carers with their child's physical and emotional health and behaviour.
- Offer growth and hearing checks.
- Support children with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Support and training for Education staff when a child has a health condition.
- You can find information on preparing your child in the Downloads section.
- Each secondary school has a named School Nurse.
- The School Nurse will run a weekly drop-in clinic at each school providing confidential help and advice to you.
- This clinic will be at the same time and on the same day each week in term-time.
- You can just turn up to the clinic and you do not need to let anyone know you are going.
- The School Nurse can:
- Provide help and advice on healthy lifestyle choices including healthy eating, sleep, puberty, sexual health, smoking, drugs and alcohol and keeping safe.·
- Provide support with emotional health - feeling angry and upset, anxiety, friends and relationships, bullying and exam stress.
- Support individuals with special needs and complex medical needs.
- Refer and signpost to other services.
- Information on immunisations offered as part of the school programme can be found on our separate page by clicking here Childhood immunisations
Websites and useful resources
- Eyesight: If you have any concerns about your child's eyesight, please contact the Orthoptic Department at the hospital for advice. Telephone: 01481 220000.
- Hearing: If you have any concerns about your child's hearing, please contact us for advice
- Toileting: Please access the latest support and advice from the following websites :
- We can also send you a resource pack if you need help with toilet training. Please let us know if you would like us to send you this.
- Nutrition: please see:
- For advice on healthy lifestyles and healthy eating please visit: HIC
- If you have any concerns around fussy eating or your child's height and/or weight and would like help please contact us.
- Anxiety: It is normal for children to have some anxiety especially when starting school. These resources may be useful for you in discussing emotions and anxiety with your children:
- Huge Bag of Worries story book by Virginia Ironside
- Behaviour: If you are finding your child's behaviour difficult to manage, we have a resource pack we can send to you. You may also be interested in the Incredible Years Parenting Group. Please let us know if you require further information.
- Sleep: If you have any concerns about your child's sleep and would like help, please contact us, we have a resource pack which we can send you.
- Youth Commission for Guernsey & Alderney: Tel No: 01481 226099 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org / youthcommission.gg
- Offers: Bounce, Indigo, one-to-one emotional support, 6 weekly sessions with a Mentor, Bereavement, LGBT.
- Kindred Centre: Tel No: 01481 253279 / Web page: gov.gg/kindredfamilycentre
- Offers: Stepping Stones, Incredible Years - Early Years - Parenting, Triple P - Teen Parenting
- Sexual Health Services:
- Choices - Tel No: 01481 714954 / choices.gg
- The Orchard Centre (at PEH) - Tel No: 01481 227707 / gov.gg/sexualhealth
- GP Primary Care
- Emotional & Mental Health and Wellbeing:
- A&E Department - Tel No: 01481 220000
- Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Tel No: 01481 221441
- Action for Children parents.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk
- Young Minds youngminds.org.uk
- Child Line: childline.org.uk
- Substance Misuse:
- Quitline Guernsey (Guernsey stop smoking help) - Tel No: 01481 233170
- Action for Children Guernsey - Drug / alcohol - Tel No: 01481 700218
If you have any questions, please use the 'Contact Us - School Nurses' button on the side of this page.