News of a cancer diagnosis can travel fast within a community. It is a good idea to keep your child's preschool or school up to date with accurate information as soon as possible.
A letter that you can use to let your child's school know about their cancer diagnosis.
Once you have a clear idea of what your child's cancer treatment will involve, it is a good idea to chat with your child's school about what schoolwork may be appropriate.
Children often have many questions about cancer. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.
It is understandable to feel anxious about your child returning to school or preschool after cancer treatment. However, most parents find that the return to school goes a lot more smoothly than expected.
Cancer can be difficult for your child's brothers or sisters. It's common for siblings to feel guilt, rejection, fear, depression, or anxiety.
In hospital, your child may become used to interacting with more adults than children and they may need more support from their early childhood teachers.
Having cancer can interrupt the normal developmental process your teenager goes through as they become independent of you.
Some children who have cancer treatment will have a harder time learning in school than their classmates.
Some useful resources to help with a child's re-entry into the classroom after cancer treatment. This is part of a whole section on education when a child has cancer.
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