Date
18 September 2019

Review your enrolment policies

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reviewing your policies and procedures’

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Ask for medical information

Ask for medical information

At the time of enrolment identify children and young people with asthma.

Review and update medical information annually.

Create a safe environment

Create a safe environment

Include the following information as part of your initial enrolment:

  • a written asthma action plan from the child or young person’s healthcare professional
  • a list of asthma triggers
  • specific symptoms to look out for
  • treatment plans for an asthma attack
  • a list of all prescribed asthma medication, doses, and how they should be used
  • written consent from parents to administer medication as required.

Identify learners with asthma

Identify learners with asthma

Supplementary questions added to a standard medical form, with annual updates can result in effective identification and support for learners with asthma.
Questions to ask:
  • Does your child have coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or trouble breathing when playing or exercising?
  • Has your child been prescribed asthma medication by their healthcare professional in the past 12 months?
  • How many times in the last 12 months did your child go to the doctor or healthcare professional for an urgent visit because of breathing problems?
  • Has your child been admitted to hospital because of breathing problems in the last 12 months?
  • Have you ever been told by a doctor or healthcare professional that your child has asthma?

Source: University of Otago (opens in a new tab/window)

Ease anxiety

Ease anxiety

Support families, whānau, and learners during the enrolment process by:

  • following up on a child’s or young person's enrolment information
  • contacting parents proactively, organising a meeting to discuss their child's individual health needs
  • highlighting health and safety policies and procedures related to asthma management.

Source: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood (2016). Vol. 41 No. 4 (opens in a new tab/window)

School asthma checklist

School asthma checklist

Use the school asthma checklist as part of your enrolment process to help reduce the risk of asthma related illness at school.

Useful resources

Useful resources

A free downloadable pdf.

School asthma checklist

School asthma checklist

Publisher: Asthma + Respiratory Foundation, NZ

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