Kent School Nursing Service
This advice sheet will give you information about caring for school-age children and young people.
Who are we?
The School Nursing Service is a team of skilled professionals led by specialist community public health nurses. We are qualified nurses or midwives with graduate level education in the health needs of children and young people.
Our specialist community public health nurses are supported by registered nurses, school nurse assistants and administrative staff.
We work in partnership with children, young people, families and other professionals in a range of locations, including schools, clinics and family homes.
What do we do?
We provide a range of services aimed at supporting children and young people to have the best possible health and education outcomes (Getting it right for children, young people and families Department of Health, 2012).
The services we provide for children and young people and families include:
- School entry health screening
- National Child Measurement Programme (height and weight measurement).
Year 6 - National Child Measurement Programme (height and weight measurement).
Year 8 - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme.
Year 10 – booster vaccinations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio: 3-in-1 and Meningitis C (MenC)
We can also provide advice, support and signposting for:
- daytime and night time wetting and soiling
- behaviour management
- healthy eating and lifestyle
- emotional health and wellbeing
- puberty and growing up
- sexual health, including Chlamydia screening
- stopping smoking
- drug and alcohol misuse
- complex health needs.
Targeted Bacilius Calmette Buering BCG vaccination programme
Our mobile phone service
We provide a mobile phone service that young people of secondary school age can use to contact us about any health concerns they may have.
Our aim is to provide a service that is visible, accessible and confidential.
This is in line with Getting it right for children, young people and families, Department of Health (2012). You can find out more at www.nhs.uk
Phone: 01233 649000
Phone: 01843 830175
Dartford & Gravesend
Phone: 01474 563368
Sevenoaks and Swanley areas
Phone: 01322 614131
Tonbridge and Malling
Larkfield Health Centre
Phone: 01732 221162
Maidstone Foster Street Clinic
Phone: 01622 226061
Trenchwood Medical Centre
Phone: 01732 369517
Dover, Deal and Rural
Phone: 01304 873560
Canterbury and Coastal
Phone: 0300 7900157
Phone: 01303 858924
Phone: 0300 7900244