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 sort of help we offer will depend on your child's specific illness or medical needs, and to be eligible for our help, your child must have a suitably long-term medical condition. Short hospital stays or illnesses don't count.

As soon as you know that your child has a long-term illness or medical condition you need to talk to their school. The school can then refer your child to our Health Needs Education (HNE) service, 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 03000 41 70 50 or email

You can also get support through our Early Help service.