Sending your child to school can be an anxious time for any parent, but having a child with a heart condition can bring added worries. It helps to be prepared and have confidence in knowing you have informed the school with everything they need to know about your child’s heart condition and how it may impact on school life.
This may be the first time you have left your child in the care of someone else and it is important that you feel confident that your child is in good hands. We would recommend that you contact the school before the expected start date to discuss your child’s individual needs so that the school is informed about your child’s condition. We have developed a Schools Factsheet that you can fill in and give to your child’s teacher or school nurse. This is simply a guideline and the school may require further, more detailed information. If so, contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist at Clark Clinic for advice. Please click the link to view – Factsheet-for-Schools-2017 (3)
During the CV-19 pandemic, lots of heart families have been shielding to keep their heart warriors as safe as possible. The thought of returning to school can be a very dauting and worrying time for heart families. This is recognised by the Clinical Psychology team in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and to help alleviate some anxiety and worry, they have created a factsheet with some helpful advice in preparing your child and you as parents for a less stressful integration back to school. Please click the following link to view. Psychology leaflet- Returning to School
Over the past few weeks we have had lots of calls from concerned parents about their heart warrior returning to school so we asked Professor Frank Casey, Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist for Royal Belfast Hospital For Sick Children, for some advice and reassurance for heart families. He has very kindly passed on the following advice…