If your child has diabetes, your school will work to ensure they have all the support they need during their school day.
How do I get help?
If your child has diabetes, then it’s important that you inform the school about it. Health needs such as diabetes are best managed in partnership between the school, parents and carers, students and health professionals.
Supporting students with diabetes involves schools understanding and planning for their needs and you are part of this process.
- Let your school know that your child has diabetes and what type (type 1 or type 2). This will ensure that the appropriate health care plan and assistance is in place to support your child’s needs
- Provide relevant information from the doctor when requested by the school.
- Work with your principal to develop an Individual Health Care Plan (see below)
- Ensure necessary equipment is available and ready for use each school day. This includes setting the lancet or needle in the blood glucose testing and/or insulin delivery device.
If your child is starting kindergarten – talk to your school principal at least 6 months before you plan to enrol your child in Kindergarten to discuss your child’s health needs and an Individual Health care plan if required. This is also advisable if you are considering enrolling your child in a government pre-school.
If your child is moving from primary to secondary school - inform your new secondary school during the enrolment process of your child's health condition and arrange a meeting with the principal to discuss your child’s health needs and an Individual Health care plan if required.
What is an Individual Health Care Plan?
An Individual Health Care Plan will be developed for your child in consultation with you, the school principal and, where possible, your child, taking into account the school environment and any relevant learning and support needs.
This is mandatory in the case of all students with type 1 diabetes and could also be necessary for those with type 2 diabetes - for example, where blood glucose testing needs to occur during school hours.
Supporting students with diabetes involves understanding and planning for their needs. The principal will consult with you and other school staff to determine practical arrangements.
What kind of support is available at school?
Your child’s Individual Health Care plan will outline the best way to support your child’s health needs. This may include:
- Classroom teachers may volunteer to assist with the specific health care procedures associated with diabetes and will receive training to do so safely.
- Very young students may require help with blood glucose monitoring and, if using an insulin pump, will require assistance at each meal beak to help enter information into the pump.
- If it’s not possible for blood glucose testing to occur in the normal classroom setting, agreed procedures to minimise potential risks will be outlined in your child’s health care plan.
- Schools may allow older students greater flexibility to carry their own equipment and administer their insulin in a place where they feel comfortable as a normal part of their diabetes care. Parents/carers who wish their child to self-medicate must complete a written request as provided by the school.
It’s a good idea to maintain contact throughout your child’s time at the school and ensure staff are informed of any developments.