For Whānau

Child cancer and education information for whānau

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You may feel overwhelmed after receiving your child's diagnosis. It might help to have one key contact person at your child's school who you talk to. 

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A letter that you can use to let your child's school know about their cancer diagnosis.

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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.

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Children often have many questions about cancer. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.

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It is understandable to feel anxious about your child returning to school or early learning after cancer treatment. However, most parents find that the return to their education setting goes a lot more smoothly than expected.

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Cancer can be difficult for your child's brothers and sisters. It's common for siblings to feel guilt, rejection, fear, depression, or anxiety. Find out about how they might be affected and how you can help them.

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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.

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Having cancer can interrupt the normal developmental process your teenager goes through as they become independent of you. There are some things you can do to help them transition back to school. 

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Some children who have cancer treatment will have a harder time learning in school than their classmates. Find out about late effects from cancer treatment which may impact your child's learning.

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Some useful resources to help with a child's re-entry into the classroom after cancer treatment. 

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To give others easy access to KidsHealth's content on cancer and education information, you can share 2 QR code posters (for whānau and educators). Anyone can scan the QR code with their phone and go straight to KidsHealth's content on cancer and education.