Children with long-term illness

If your child is of school age and unable to go to their regular school because they are in hospital or they have a long-term medical condition, we can help them continue their education.

This may include:

  • home tuition
  • education at a local centre or other office
  • education in hospital.

The type of help we offer will depend on your child's specific illness or medical needs. To be eligible for our help, your child must have a suitably long-term medical condition. Short hospital stays or illnesses don't count. Under 2013 Government statutory guidance, the school has the initial responsibility in making necessary arrangement or adjustment to meet your child’s health needs. Therefore, as soon as you know that your child has a long-term illness or medical condition you need to talk to their school so that the school can provide necessary support.

If the school is unable to provide the support, they may refer your child to our Kent Health Needs Education Service (KHNES), who will get in touch with you if your child is eligible for our help.

If you have any questions or want to find out if your child is eligible for our help, please call us on 01732 87 56 94.

You can also get support through our Early Help service.