Information for teachers and schools
Teachers and school staff play an important role in helping children living with type 1 diabetes manage their condition.
Pre-school and school aged children living with type 1 diabetes need to monitor and manage their condition when they are at school. It is important that they have the support and guidance they need to manage their diabetes safely. Younger children may need full support while older children may be able to do this quite independently.
Diabetes in schools
Diabetes NSW & ACT offers a range of practical resources for teachers and schools that help to ensure they can confidently support children with diabetes in their care, including:
- Teacher Training Seminars to build and expand knowledge of diabetes management for school age children
- Webinars and videos to help school staff and students understand and learn about type 1 diabetes
- Diabetes Management and Action Plans designed specifically for schools
- Posters and visual aids
- Helpful contacts within the Department of Education
These resources have been designed to increase awareness and understanding of managing type 1 diabetes in a school environment and to improve the overall educational experience of children living with the condition.
All this information can be found in the schools section of our as1diabetes website, which has been designed specifically for children, parents and schools. Find more information at www.as1diabetes.com.au or call our Helpline on 1300 342 238.
The new NDSS funded Diabetes in Schools program encourages families, schools and health professionals to work together to support students to manage their type 1 diabetes at school.
Practical Diabetes for Childcare Workers
Practical Diabetes for Childcare Workers is a free online course for early childhood teachers and support staff who are responsible for caring for a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The course explains what diabetes is, how it is managed and how to support and supervise young children (aged 0 to 6) in a childcare setting. Topics include monitoring glucose levels, insulin delivery devices, diabetes highs and lows, and eating to manage diabetes. The short two-hour course is available on the Diabetes Qualified website free of charge – enrol anytime and start straight away.