When your child starts school you will probably feel nervous at the thought of not being around all the time to make sure she takes her medication or to detect the signs of an imminent attack. As asthma is so common, most teachers will be familiar to some extent with the condition. However, because it varies so much in severity from child to child, you should not rely on your child's teacher to have the knowledge to deal with her individual needs.

Before your child starts at any new school you should arrange a face to face meeting with her class teacher. He or she should also arrange for you to meet any other members of staff who will spend time with your child and who will need to know about her asthma. This will include non teaching staff that will be responsible for your child during lunch breaks and playtimes and sometimes on trips away from school.

You should provide the school with clear, written details of your child's medication and the things that are likely to trigger an attack. Schools can be full of potential triggers, such as chalk dust, class pets and chemicals used during science lessons. You need to impress upon the school staff that your child must use her reliever immediately if there is any sign of wheezing or shortness of breath.

You should also ensure that the school has up to date written details if your telephone number and the name and number of your child's doctor. Asthma that is not properly controlled is far more likely to inhibit a child's growth than taking the correct doses of medication.