School Health Nursing Service: Information for parents and carers of children starting secondary school in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The School Health Nursing Team

How we can help

Healthy children have a better chance of learning. We work with children, young people and their families to:

  • Provide health information, both in groups and individually
  • Identify health promotion/health improvement initiatives, together with your child’s school

We also liaise with and can make referrals to other professionals. We will discuss their involvement with you and make a referral, if appropriate, with your consent.

Starting secondary school

Transition to secondary school can be an emotional and challenging period. Students and parents can gain support and advice from the School Health Nursing Team as well as from the school itself.

In most secondary schools the School Health Nurse runs a confidential drop-in. These sessions can be useful for young people seeking advice and support around many issues including emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships and healthy lifestyles.

Healthcare needs in school

Your School Health Nurse works with school staff and other professionals to ensure young people’s health needs can be supported when they are in school. This enables all young people to access education and achieve their full potential.

As your child becomes a young adult they will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and lifestyle.

Privacy and confidentiality

All information received by the School Health Nursing team is treated as confidential, unless there are safeguarding concerns. Any information shared with relevant agencies will always be done in the best interests of your child.

Keeping your personal information safe and secure is important to us. For more detailed information on how we protect your information you can read more on our

School Nursing Webinars

We offer free webinars which offer practical advice and information on a variety of topics designed for parents and carers.These are:

  • Keeping your child happy and healthy
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Eating disorder awareness
  • Sleep
  • Dental health
  • Starting school
  • Moving up to secondary school

You can book dates by visiting:

Other useful information


Your GP will have arranged for your child to have a booster immunisation at around four years of age. Further information about immunisations will be offered throughout your child’s school life and are subject to change according to Department of Health recommendations. Some of these will be offered in school.

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If you need to get in touch with the school aged immunisation team, please contact 0300 124 5515


It is advisable that your child attends the family dentist and optician at regular intervals. These services will see your child free of charge.

For up-to-date contact details, resources and more, speak to your child’s school or visit the CCHP website:

The School Health Nursing Team

Your School Health Nursing Team is made up of School Health Nurses and School Health Assistants who are experienced in working with children and young people and providing young people-friendly services.

There is a named School Health Nursing Team for all schools with an allocated link School Health Nurse.



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School Health Nursing Service: Information for parents and carers of children starting secondary school in Bristol and South Gloucestershire