Who we are
We support the health and well being of school-aged children and young people who attend state maintained schools, free schools and academy schools in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, and their families.
We also support children who are home educated and living in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.
You can text a school nurse in total confidence, if you live in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading or West Berkshire.
If you're aged 11-19, text 07312 263266
If you're a parent or carer, text 07312 263194
See the 'Contact us' section below for more details.
When dealing with our school nursing team you might meet or contact:
- School Nurse: a registered nurse with further specialist qualification in public health at degree or masters level
- Staff Nurse: a registered nurse with additional experience in public health, child health and development
- Nursery Nurse: qualified in child development with training in sleep, behavioural interventions and promotion of healthy eating
- School Health Assistant: experienced in working with children and young people in schools and in the community
- Administrator: provide clerical support to the school nursing team
- Measuring the height and weight of children in Reception year and Year 6 as part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP). After the screenings and measurements are completed, you will receive a copy of the results. If your child’s measurements fall outside the healthy weight range you will be sent a letter to your home address with further advice and information. For further information about the programme please visit the NHS website. Visit our Healthy lifestyle pages for more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Checking the hearing of children in Reception year (hearing screening) at schools in Bracknell and West Berkshire. Children in Reading and Wokingham schools will not routinely be screened but this will be offered if concerns are raised about their hearing in the health questionnaire.
- Checking the sight of children in Reception year (vision screening) at schools in Bracknell Forest. For children at schools in Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, this check is done by orthoptist teams from the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
- Reviewing completed health questionnaires from parent and carers for all children in Reception year.
- Providing confidential health advice and support to children and young people of school age and their families on a range of health-related topics, including:
- Long-term medical conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and acute allergy
- Bed wetting (enuresis), which includes advice on toilet training and use of nappies, drinking patterns, bed wetting alarms and medical therapies. For further advice you may find the Enuresis Resource and Information Centre (ERIC) website helpful. School nurses run enuresis clinics which you can refer to directly, please contact us (details in section below). Please see our toilet training and bedwetting pages for more help.
- Behavioural or emotional difficulties
- Working with other health services to get children and young people with non-complex needs or disabilities the specialist services they need.
- Offering support and advice to families regardless of your child’s age on weight management and healthy lifestyles. For additional advice you may find the NHS healthy weight (opens in new window) and advice for parents pages (opens in new window) useful. Please also see our information on Eating, allergies and healthy lifestyle, which also contains information on supporting with fussy eating.
- Working closely with children and young people who have been identified as needing to be safeguarded or ‘looked after’ by the local authority.
- Keeping school staff up to date on common medical conditions such as asthma and epilepsy.
- Where needed, we can refer a child or young person to other services such as GPs, speech and language therapy, audiology, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), talking therapies, paediatricians, children’s social care and voluntary services.
- Playing an active role in keeping children safe in accordance with the government policy ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015)’.
Your child’s personal information remains conﬁdential. We will only share information with other health or social care professionals if it is necessary and not usually without permission. However, it may be necessary for us to do this in exceptional cases.
We are committed to providing the highest standards of care and welcome your views on our service. If you would like to comment please contact your local school nursing team.
We do not provide the school aged immunisation programme but have close links with the Berkshire Healthcare immunisation service, which offers immunisations to all children attending a school (state and independent) in Berkshire. You can find out more about the immunisation programme on the NHS website or on our immunisation pages.
Routine height and weight measurement checks
No referral is necessary for routine height and weight measurement checks completed in reception year and year 6. A referral is required for other services such as bed wetting clinics.
To make a referral
You can make a referral to us for yourself if you are aged 13-19, or if you are a parent or carer, school or other agency. To make a referral please visit the link for your area below, fill in the form, and the team will be in touch. If you are/your child is home schooled, please use the link for the area that you live in.
Bracknell referral form (opens in new window)
Reading referral form (opens in new window)
West Berkshire referral form (opens in new window)
Wokingham referral form (opens in new window)
Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead
Please note, we do not cover Windsor and Maidenhead or Slough, you will need to contact these areas directly as below.
Advice by text message for teensIf you’re aged 11-19 and need some advice, you can text a school nurse in total confidence, and we’ll help you. It could be that you have worries about issues such as relationships, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol, anxiety, stress, low mood, bullying, self-harm, body changes, dealing with medical conditions at school, smoking or sleep.
Text us on 07312 263266 and we’ll text you back to chat.
We’ll never share the information you give us, unless we are really concerned about your safety, but we’ll usually speak to you first. We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate message back to confirm we received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours, 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri (excluding bank holidays). If you need help before you hear back from us, contact a member of school staff, a trusted adult, or your GP.
The Health for Teens website (opens in new window) is a useful place to go to for information.
Advice by text message for parents and carersIf you’re a parent or carer of a 5-19 year old and have worries about any of the issues above about your child, we’re here to support you too.
Text us on 07312 263194
We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate message back to confirm we received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours, 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri (excluding bank holidays). If you need help before you hear back from us, contact a member of school staff, a trusted adult, or your GP.
Local School Nursing contact details
Each local School Nursing service has a contact telephone number and email address.
Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (reduced cover during school holidays).
Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead
We do not provide School Nursing services in Slough, Windsor or Maidenhead. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are:
School nurse emotional health offer - Reading
School nurse emotional health offer - West Berksire
How we use your child's information
How we use your information