Many children with diabetes face discrimination in the school environment. This affects their self-esteem, productivity and management of their condition. Children who are not able to manage their condition safely and securely at school may be at greater risk of diabetes complications.
The Kids and Diabetes in School Project (KiDS) aims to foster a safe and supportive environment that creates a better understanding of diabetes and supports children with the condition. It also provides information about type 2 diabetes and how it can be prevented by making effective lifestyle choices.
The KiDS diabetes information pack was designed as a diabetes awareness and information tool for teachers, school staff, parents and children, to help make the school environment a better place for children with diabetes.
The specific target groups include:
Teachers (grades 1-9)
School nurses and school staff
School students (aged 6-14 years)
Policy makers and Government officials
The pack is divided into two sections: the first is focused on type 1 diabetes and the needs of children in school, offering guidelines for the management of children with diabetes and a sample diabetes management plan; the second is focused on guidelines for a healthy lifestyle to help prevent type 2 diabetes.
KiDS Educational guide on nutrition and diabetes in schools
For children living with diabetes, choosing the right food plays an important role in maintaining healthy blood glucose levels and promoting normal growth. The KiDS Educational Guide Nutrition and Diabetes in Schools has been developed as a complementary resource to the KiDS Information Pack.
The guide is an awareness and information tool developed to inform teachers, parents of children with diabetes, and all parents and children of the important role of nutrition and a healthy and balanced lifestyle in the management and prevention of diabetes.
The KiDS NutriQuiz is a quiz about nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and their role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and the management of all types of diabetes. The quiz is primarily targeted at children above the age of 6, but is also useful for families, parents of children with diabetes, teachers and all those interested in learning more about the topic.
The content is derived from the KiDS Educational Guide on Nutrition and Diabetes in Schools. It is therefore recommended to use both resources in parallel.