It is really important that your child doesn’t get behind in their basic literacy and maths skills

Many children with PCD have periods when they cannot attend school. If it is a planned period (e.g. you know they are going to start IV antibiotic treatment) ask the teachers to provide you with some work/games to do in hospital.

It is really important that your child doesn’t get behind in their basic literacy and maths skills. Whilst in hospital or off school try to read with them every day. Ask them questions about the story, the pictures and about the characters. To practice their writing skills get them to draw pictures and write a few words on them to send to grandparents and friends. Help them to develop their maths skills by counting the number of beds, nurses and then timing the nurses on how long it takes to give IV’s.

When your child returns to school arrange to borrow a friend’s books to copy any work that they have missed. Ask the teacher to provide any important work that is missed. If you think your child is not coping with their school work then highlight to the teacher as soon as you can.

Some children find it difficult to go back to school after a few weeks – try to keep in contact with their friends whilst they are absent to make the transition back to school easier.