About our School Information Pack
Why do schools need to know about eczema?
Starting school is an exciting yet anxious time for any parent and child. For a family where the child has eczema, this new phase of independence represents an even greater challenge.
Most people will have heard of eczema or know people with this condition, which can be mild, moderate or severe. However, unless your or your family have eczema, it is difficult to appreciate its impact on the quality of everyday life, and the time and effort required to keep eczematous skin under control. A child with eczema will, over time, need to learn how to be responsible for their own skin care during the school day. This is often a challenge and all school staff have an important role to play in supporting the child with aspects of their eczema which may affect their wellbeing at school and in accommodating the child's complex needs (especially when the eczema is moderate to severe).
We recognise that managing eczema at school can be daunting for everyone involved - children, parents/carers and school staff - and that's why we've designed this information pack newly updated in October 2016.
What does the information pack contain?
A PDF of this entire information pack is available to download from the related documents to the right of this page: just click on the icon.
You will find:
- an overview of the condition with advice on how teachers can help a child with eczema to integrate into both their class and the school routine.
- handy parent–teacher meeting and eczema planning checklists: also available as single pdf and word documents at http://www.eczema.org/eczema-at-school-eczemainformation.
- a series of lesson plans, including a variety of activities and resources for different suggested age ranges http://www.eczema.org/eczema-at-school-activities.
We’ve worked with a team of highly experienced teachers to produce a series of lesson plans. Designed to encourage understanding and compassion, each lesson aims to be no more than 20–30 minutes long. You will find these activities and resources in different formats, for use as a planning/classroom resources at http://www.eczema.org/eczema-at-school-activities
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