At school: young children

Starting school can be stressful for both children and parents, particularly if your child has type 1 diabetes. You’ll want them to join in the normal school day without having to worry about their condition or medication. 

Planning and coordinating well with the school beforehand helps to create a good care environment. Tell the school as soon as possible about your child’s type 1 diabetes and organise a meeting with the class teacher and the school to organise your child’s support needs – developing a care plan with them is probably a good idea.

The younger your child, the more dependent they are on others for their diabetes care. If your child is in pre-school care, caregivers may need to monitor and adjust blood glucose levels and record feeding and exercise activities throughout the day – one-to-one care may be needed, and all staff are required to be properly trained to recognise symptoms and to contact you quickly if needed.


Make sure your child:

doesn’t have to worry about their school day by making sure they have the right treatment they need with them, are confident that they can administer their own treatment if required or will be helped with treatment by a trained member of staff

is confident that if things go wrong, the right actions will be taken and contacts made

knows what symptoms to look out for should things go wrong, how they will feel, and when and how to alert others and tell them what is happening. Talk to them about the symptoms of hypoglycaemia and how important it is to recognise the early symptoms and go to their teacher or tell a friend, and know what they should do to restore their blood glucose balance

knows where they should keep their diabetes kit and where they can go to test/inject in private if required

knows what to say to classmates about their condition, their medication and their diet

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We've put together a School training manual with top communication tips.

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