Apply to extend a student’s time in the School High Health Needs Fund (Review)

A student’s health needs may be ongoing but what changes over time is their ability to self-manage their health needs.

When a student is confirmed into the School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF) one of the roles of the school and local office of the Ministry of Education is develop plans and strategies to help the student develop skills in self-managing their own health needs, if appropriate.

Each student in the fund is reviewed regularly by Ministry of Education verifiers.

If your student is being reviewed, you will receive a reminder letter from the Manager, Assurance and Eligibility towards the end of the term prior to the review. If the review information is not provided to manager.eligibility@education.govt.nz the student’s funding will lapse and a new application for the SHHNF will need to be completed.

The team involved in the review application process

Educators must complete the review application form with help from the parents and caregivers and the local office of the Ministry of Education to get all the necessary information on the student’s current health condition and needs.

Information required for the review application process

Parents and caregivers must obtain up to date medical information from the student’s specialist. This can be in a letter dated within the last six months or on part D of the application form.

The SHHNF Review Application form and daily records for the last term* assist the verifiers determine whether the student continues to meet the SHHNF criteria.

If the school has a current Care Plan it should also be submitted to support the review.

Health Care Plans such as those for students with Type 1 diabetes, food allergies and asthma provide important information, however, for the purpose of a review it is also necessary to include details and records about the specific tasks undertaken at school by the support person.

*showing the frequency and nature of the health concern while at school e.g. daily toileting records, blood glucose levels etc. The records should include any times the support person had to intervene to stop an incident from happening or when the support person had to intervene after an incident.

Remember to check the Eligibility Criteria for the School High Health Needs Fund (external link) before applying and refer to the School High Health Needs Fund Examples

How to apply to extend a student’s time in the School High Health Needs Fund

  1. Download the School High Health Needs Fund Review Application form [DOCX, 64 KB]
  2. Complete Parts A and B electronically.
  3. Enter the educator and parent or caregiver details in Part C.
  4. Fill in the student details section in Part D. 
  5. Print Part C and Part D. 
  6. Arrange for the student's medical specialist to fill in Part D and return it to you. 
  7. Sign Part C after reading all the information in the application. 
  8. Arrange for the parent or caregiver to read or understand and then sign the completed form. 
  9. Scan and email the completed form (parts A, B, C and D) to: manager.eligibility@education.govt.nz

Receipt of the application will be acknowledged by email within two working days.

Further Information

School High Health Needs Fund Examples (external link) - descriptions of care needs that students who meet the funding criteria might have.

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