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.
- 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
- 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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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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National Diabetes in Schools Program – Online Training for Schools
The Diabetes in Schools program has been established to give families and schools the information and support they need to help children living with type 1 diabetes to thrive at school.
The program includes three levels of training, two of which are freely available online for schools to complete at their own pace. The third level of training is individualised training run by a credentialled diabetes educator. Level 3 training is being rolled out gradually across Australia.
In the meantime, we encourage all schools to complete the level 1 and 2 online training or enquire about a face to face level 2 option through Diabetes SA.
Head to the Diabetes in Schools website to access a wide range of resources for schools, families and health professionals, and to find out more about the online training options available.
For more information about what is currently available in South Australia you can contact the Diabetes in Schools SA coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Diabetes SA support line on 1300 198 204.
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. Diabetes Action and Management Plan templates are available to be completed by you and your child's health care team, you can find more about these templates here.
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