School Nursing

We support children who attend state maintained schools, free schools and academy schools in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, and their families.

When your child starts school in Reception year, a School Nursing information pack will be sent to your home. This includes a letter explaining the hearing and vision screening and NCMP processes, a health questionnaire, and a leaflet about the services we offer.

After the screenings and checks are done, you’ll receive a copy of the results. If your child needs more advice or support, we’ll write to you.

All Year 6 children are offered the opportunity to be checked as part of the NCMP programme, and the School Nursing team will contact you by letter if your child’s weight falls outside the healthy range.

Where needed, we can refer children to other services such as GPs, speech and language, audiology, children’s services, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), talking therapies, paediatricians, social services and voluntary services.

We have close links with the School Immunisation Service, which immunises children across all schools in the area, and also with paediatric nurses who work in special schools.

  • Measuring the height and weight of children in Reception year and Year 6 as part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP)
  • Checking the hearing of children in Reception year (hearing screening)
  • Checking the sight of children in Reception year at schools in Bracknell Forest (vision screening). For children at schools in Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire, this check is done by orthoptist teams from the Royal Berkshire Hospital
  • Completing health questionnaires for all children in Reception year
  • Giving health advice and support to families with children and young people of school age on a range of topics, including:
    • Long-term medical conditions such as asthma, epilepsy and acute allergy
    • Bed wetting (nocturnal 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
    • 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
  • 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

Your child won’t need to be referred for things like height and weight measurement or hearing and vision checks, but they will need a referral for services that are not routine such as for the bed wetting clinics. These clinics are held across the Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire localities. To find out how to refer your child to a clinic please contact your local school nursing team.

Each local School Nursing service has a contact telephone number and email address.

Bracknell Forest

01344 309579
bracknellforest.schoolnursing@nhs.net 

Wokingham

0118 949 5055
bks-tr.CSNWokingham@nhs.net

Reading

0118 938 2145
bks-tr.CSNReading@nhs.net

West Berkshire  

01635 273384
bks-tr.CSNWestBerks@nhs.net

BHFT do not provide School Nursing services in Slough or RBWM. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are:

Slough: 

01753 373464 / 0800 7723578

publichealthnursing.4slough@nhs.net 

+441753251085

www.publichealthnursing4slough.co.uk

RBWM: 

 01628 682979

school.nursing@rbwm.gov.uk 

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