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


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.

This page last reviewed 04 April 2013
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