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All children have the right to access education, even when they are unwell or in hospital. While hospital treatment will usually cause disruptions to school or kindergarten attendance, there are many ways to encourage continued learning and engagement. It is important to keep in touch with your child's school or kindergarten during treatment so that teachers can continue to support your child's learning.
Arrange regular meetings at school or kindergarten with your child's teacher or coordinator. You can also encourage wellbeing coordinators, student support staff and inclusive education staff to attend. Use these meetings as a chance to discuss your child’s health condition and the impact it may have on their education. Schools and kindergartens will be better able to plan ahead and offer support when they are kept informed and updated throughout your child's illness and treatment.
School meeting checklist:
A quick email update can be an effective way to stay in touch and will be appreciated by your school or kindergarten teachers. Older students should be encouraged to manage some communication directly with their teachers themselves, via email where possible.
If you are unable to attend meetings at the school or kindergarten in person, regular phone calls or teleconferences will allow you to stay in touch and advocate for your child’s needs. Teleconference technology such as Zoom or Skype can also allow students to talk to friends and see what is happening in their classroom.
Share information that you have been given about your child's health condition with teachers and staff at school or kindergarten. Ask your medical team at the hospital if they can recommend any good websites that will help teachers to understand your child's health needs.