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School nurses are trained nurses employed by the health service.

They take over responsibility for children from the health visitor once they reach statutory school age. School nurses carry out developmental checks, including hearing and vision, usually in Year 1 and Year 4.

However, the school can ask a school nurse to visit at any time, with parental consent or at parents’ behest, to carry out checks on children. These checks could concern sight, hearing, weight, height or general health issues.

School nurses work with other professionals. They are part of the child health team, which also includes health visitors, community paediatricians and GPs. They have access to all medical records on the child.

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