Diabetes: School information

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Diabetes management at school

Children with diabetes attend school and participate in all normal educational and social activities.

A diabetes health care provider will generally work with the child living with diabetes, their family and teachers. This ensures that teachers at early learning centres and schools know about the safe management of diabetes and can involve the child fully in school-based activities without discrimination.

Resources available for schools

An educational School Resource Flip Chart is available from Diabetes New Zealand. This provides information on the general principles of school-based care.

It is important to recognise that every child living with diabetes has specific needs so individualised school action plans are also very important. These plans are developed in close collaboration with certified diabetes nurse educators who work within diabetes specialist services.

The following should be available to the school.

  • a personal plan of action for the child or young person living with diabetes. This should be developed in collaboration with your child’s diabetes team, working with your child’s school
  • the School Resource Flip Chart produced by Diabetes New Zealand. It covers the following topics:
    - introduction
    - what is diabetes?
    - high blood glucose (hyperglycaemia)
    - low blood glucose (hypoglycaemia)
    - treatment of a mild to moderate ‘hypo’
    - treatment of a severe ‘hypo’
    - food and diabetes
    - camps
    - exercise and diabetes
    - diabetes treatment at school/ exams
    - family, other topics and student’s services
  • a school hypo kit
  • a MedicAlert identification bracelet

Where can I go for more information and support?

Your local diabetes team can be contacted through the District Health Board switchboard.

Diabetes New Zealand (DNZ)  www.diabetes.org.nz
DNZ is a nationwide organisation with 41 diabetes societies throughout NZ. For information about educational resources, diabetes products and membership, contact:
Diabetes New Zealand National Office (for membership enquiries)
Address: PO Box 12441, Thorndon, Wellington
Phone: toll-free 0800 342 238 (enquiries and information pamphlets)
Email: admin@diabetes.org.nz

Diabetes Youth New Zealand (DYNZ) www.diabetesyouth.org.nz
DYNZ represents children and young people with diabetes who are under 25 years of age.
See the DYNZ website for the contact details of your nearest Diabetes Youth group.

TrialNet (recruiting for participants in diabetes studies) www.diabetestrialnet.org
TrialNet is a network dedicated to the study, prevention and early treatment of type 1 diabetes. It is a network of 18 clinical centres working in cooperation with screening sites throughout the United States, Canada, Finland, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. The local site for Australia is based in Melbourne and you can find information on a number of studies being run. There are links to centres in New Zealand that are recruiting for participants in a natural history of type 1 diabetes study.


Starship Foundation and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand acknowledge the co-operation of the Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland District Health Board.  This fact sheet produced in collaboration with the Starship Diabetes Service.

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This page last reviewed 04 April 2013
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Printed on 03 March 2015. Content is regularly updated so please refer to www.kidshealth.org.nz for the most up-to-date version
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