If your child has a medical condition you need to inform the school’s principal and your child’s teacher. In particular, the school needs to know if your child has any serious medical conditions like epilepsy, haemophilia, asthma, diabetes or severe allergic reactions.
You will be asked to provide this information when you enrol your child in a school.
It is important to keep information about your child’s medical conditions up-to-date. If there is a change in your child’s care plan or medication, you should contact the school either by phone or in person.
All children with a medical condition or illness will have a health support plan developed in conjunction with the school, your child’s doctor and you. This plan will be attached to your child’s school records.
If your child needs to take medication during school hours you should talk with their teacher about necessary arrangements and provide written instructions for storing and administering the medication.
You may also need to provide this information again when your child attends school excursions or camps.
It’s also a good idea to consider having your child wear a medical alert bracelet as these provide essential information in times of emergency.
For more information on medical issues to consider while your child is at school – including fact sheets on chronic illness and school and school sores, see:
The Royal Children’s Hospital – Kids health info for parents