Harthill Primary school recognised for supporting prematurely born children

A PRIMARY school has been recognised for an award acknowledging its work to cater for the needs of children born prematurely.

Harthill Primary has been accredited as a Prem Aware School by baby charity The Smallest Things.

Research suggests up to three children in every class will have been born prematurely, which increases the chances of them needing extra support.

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Harthill has met all the requirements to gain the Prem Aware award, including training for staff, consulting parents and requesting feedback from parents on any extra support provided.

The charity said staff should have a better understanding of the lasting effects of premature birth, be able to identify issues early and provide the practical and emotional support children may need on their education journey.

Deputy head and special needs coordinator Emma Bothma said she was proud the school had achieved the award, becoming the first primary in 2023 to do so.

“The training we received as part of the process was incredibly informative and we are looking forward to working with parents to put plans in place to help children reach their full potential,” she added.

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“This is such an important issue to raise awareness of, and we know how much of a difference this awareness will make to our school community and across our academy.”

Catriona Ogilvy, founder of The Smallest Things, said: “Having trained teachers who know what to look out for and how to help will make a big difference to children in the classroom.

“We hope this will inspire other schools to take this step.”


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