Services to Education Providers
The places and spaces where our children learn are a central part of our communities. A part of what we do is to work with schools and early childhood centres to promote healthy learning environments. The central role of schools and centres means that our work with them has a flow on effect in the families and communities they serve so that, through them, we can help create stronger, healthier communities.
We provide the following services:
- Public health nursing
- Dental services for children and teenagers
- Vision and hearing screening
- Public health advice
Click on one of the options to the left to find out more, or contact us.
Our main involvement with schools is through the Health Promoting Schools programme and our team of Public Health Nurses.
Our team are also available to provide advice or resources on a range of health related topics, including:
- Oral health
- Infectious diseases
For more information, please contact us.
If you’re looking for information on alcohol at a school events, refer to the resources below or contact us and speak to one of our Health Promotion Advisors.
- A Fact Sheet On Alcohol Licensing Policy Options For Schools
- A Fact Sheet On The Harm From Alcohol Exposure At School Events
- A Guide About The Sale And Supply Of Alcohol At School Events
- Setting The Standard: This report examines the policy options for alcohol in schools in New Zealand and reviews the evidence base underpinning them. It is intended as a resource for school Boards considering their response to the challenges of alcohol in their school.
Our staff are involved with centres in a number of ways: from inspecting new centres to providing the ‘B4 School Checks’ that children get before starting school.
- Licensing Inspections
- Advice on stopping the spread of disease & controlling outbreaks
- Advice on immunisation
- B4 School Checks
We also produce a newsletter called Healthy Hints for Tots, which you can find here.
It covers all sorts of topics relevant to both centres and parents, including: healthy eating, oral health, physical activity, food safety, sun safety, breastfeeding, and infectious diseases.
We are contracted by the Ministry of Health to inspect new centres to make sure they comply with the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.
The inspection looks at things such as:
- Heating, lighting, ventilation, and noise proofing
- Toilets, sinks, and bathing facilities
- Kitchen facilities and food safety
- General safety and hygiene
- Policies and procedures
A guide to the inspection process can be found here.
If you’re wanting to book an inspection, please contact your local Health Protection Officer.
Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks
Controlling the spread of infection in a centre can be a challenge. To help your centre plan for and react to outbreaks, we’ve developed a guide based on current best practice called the Cleaning & Outbreak Guidelines. It includes advice on dealing with outbreaks and incidents of vomiting or diarrhoea, as well as advice and templates for planning your day to day cleaning.
If you’d like a hard copy of the guidelines, please contact us and talk to your local Health Protection Officer.
If you have questions regarding common childhood infections such as chickenpox, hand foot & mouth, scabies, and conjunctivitis, contact your Public Health Nurse.
If you have an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea, please contact your Health Protection Officer.
The officer can give advice and arrange for people to get tested free of charge. It’s worth letting us know of outbreaks, even if they seem to be minor, because it helps us get a better idea what is going on in the general population.
The majority of our immunisations are given in early childhood, but the following are ones that you might like to consider getting a booster of if you’re working with young children:
There is usually a cost involved in these. To find out more, contact your medical centre.
If you’re looking for information on immunisation for parents and caregivers, go here.