Schools Programs

Schools Programs

It is important for schools to establish an environment that supports children with diabetes – so they can participate fully and safely – and gain the most from their time at school.

The management of diabetes is a balancing act.

Families of children with type 1 diabetes need reassurance that the teachers and support staff caring for their child understand the complexities of diabetes management.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in childhood and adolescence and requires lifelong treatment with insulin, via injections or an insulin pump.

Blood glucose monitoring and careful attention to food and exercise are also important considerations when managing type 1 diabetes.

A student with diabetes can do everything their peers can. But because of their diabetes, they may need:

  • Special consideration
  • Extra supervision
  • Extra toilet privileges
  • To eat at additional times, especially during sport
  • Extra consideration if unwell
  • Special provisions for privacy if testing blood glucose levels and injecting insulin at school is necessary

Education sessions for schools & childcare facilities

Diabetes SA conducts information education sessions for staff in schools and pre-schools.

Our aim is to enhance knowledge and increase confidence in supporting the day-to-day experience of young people with type 1 diabetes.

Topics include:

  • Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) Guidelines
  • What is type 1 diabetes?
  • Management of type 1 diabetes
  • Insulin delivery devices and CGM
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Dietary considerations
  • Hypoglycaemia/Hyperglycaemia
  • Psychosocial considerations
  • Roles and responsibilities of those involved in the child’s care
  • Resources available

Who should attend:

  • School staff
  • Vacation care
  • Preschool care

Cost: $60 per person (plus GST)

Certificate of attendance and morning tea will be provided.

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Guest speaking

Our healthcare team can provide a presentation at your school, pre-school or vacation care centre about management and care of diabetes in schools.

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Information for parents

Parents and guardians have a responsibility to advise the school of their child’s medical condition and the particular requirements for the management of the child’s diabetes.

For children with special requirements, a written individual management plan incorporating medical recommendations should be developed with the school in collaboration with the parents/guardians and doctor. This should be attached to the student’s records.

Mastering diabetes in preschools and schools

The NDSS (National Diabetes Services Scheme) has created a resource to help teachers and families support children with type 1 diabetes at school and preschool, helping children to learn, grow and have fun.

It includes information about looking after young people with type 1 diabetes in preschool and school, building strong communications between families and schools, and the responsibilities of teachers and other school staff.

Download: Mastering Diabetes in Preschools and Schools