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Kent School Health

School health nurseWelcome to Kent School Health. We support children and young people aged four to nineteen.

We can help with a range of issues young people might face including:

You can find lots of helpful information to support your child's development, and keep them healthy and safe in our Kent Child and Kent Teen sections.

Some young people struggle with their feelings and find this impacts on their day-to-day activities – they might seem low, or have trouble eating, sleeping or concentrating at school. Visit our emotional health and wellbeing section for more advice on supporting your child.

Children and Young People's Counselling Service

Teen talking to counsellor

The Children and Young People’s Counselling Service offers counselling to support the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people aged four to 19. Accessing support to explore, manage and understand difficult feelings can be helpful.

Children and young people might show signs they are struggling and need more support including:

  • nervousness or anxiety
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficultly sleeping
  • avoiding school or activities
  • feeling low and not good about themselves
  • loss of appetite, or sometimes increased appetite
  • not wanting to be with friends or family.

We offer up to six counselling sessions to help a young person gain understanding and develop strategies to help them feel better. For primary school-aged children, we can offer the child six sessions with a counsellor, or if more appropriate, we can offer parents six weekly online sessions with advice on practical, easy to use strategies to support your child.


ChatHealth is a text service for 11 to 19 year-olds. Young people can text with a member of our team about any physical or emotional health concerns they have. This service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on 07520 618850. This service is confidential and anonymous.


Cute little boy visiting children's doctor, space for text. Eye examinationOur team visits your child’s school to offer vision and hearing in reception, and height and weight in reception and year six.

We also offer health and development questionnaires for your child to help identify any emerging health conditions or concerns. You’ll receive more information and asked if you’re happy for your child to consent via a letter.

School transitions

Starting at school or moving to secondary school are big steps and we’re here to support you and your child at these key milestones.

Families who might need further support

All children are unique and we can offer support based on your child’s needs using one-to-one packages of care. Visit our special educational needs and disability or neurodivergence pages for more information on support we can offer you and your child.

The Children’s Special Schools Nursing Team works in special schools to support children and young people with complex health needs.

Contact us

If you have any concerns, you don’t need to wait for us to visit your child’s school, you can contact us at any time. You can also access our services if your child is not attending school.

Phone 0300 123 5205 and select option two.

Complete our online referral form.

We take referrals directly from:

  • children and young people
  • parents or carers
  • schools, colleges and higher education colleges
  • other health care professionals or partner organisations
  • voluntary agencies.

You will receive a confirmation email that your referral has been submitted. If you don't get an email within a few minutes, check your junk folder in case it has gone there.

Kent School Health referral

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