It aims to promote health and wellbeing, and identify behavioural, developmental or other health concerns that may affect the child's ability to learn at school.
check helps ensure that children starting school are able to participate to the
best of their ability, and that they receive additional support if needed.
The B4 School Check is a health check and discussion between a nurse, the child and the parents or caregivers. The check includes:
ideal to have your child checked when they turn four years old, so any
additional support can be arranged before the child reaches school.
Every district health board (DHB) offers the B4 School Check in a different way. Your local DHB website has more information:
Use the medical centre search on this website to find the contact details for your medical centre.
A B4SC nurse champion meeting was held in Hamilton on Thursday 21 February. We had a great evening reviewing all things B4SCs. See the presentation used on the night and the notes from the discussion points here. If you have anything you would like to add or contribute to the discussion questions within the presentation, or the education ideas please email Michelle Morley, B4 School Nurse Coordinator.
Another meeting is planned for Thames on the 19 March, 12.30-2.00pm. A final meeting will occur in Te Kuiti in April - date to be finalised. If you are the nurse champion for B4SC and would like to attend the Thames or Te Kuiti meetings, please contact Michelle.
Michelle Morley, B4SC coordinator, by emailing Michelle.Morley@pinnacle.health.nz or calling 027 665 5515 / 0800 192 192.