Goal of school health care and check-ups

The goal of school health care is to ensure the healthy growth and development of children and young people with the help of health check-ups and health education. The aim is to help children and young people grow into adults who adopt as balanced and healthy a lifestyle as possible.

Other goals of school health care include

  • the identification of growth and development disordersthe identification of latent conditions (such as
  • the early identification of scoliosis, identification of vision and hearing problems)
  •  the identification of health-related factors affecting choice of profession, so as to prevent unsuitable choices of education and training
  • the prevention of mental health problems
  • the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, thus preventing the morbidity of children and young people
  • the promotion of pleasant, healthy and safe conditions at school.

School health care provides support to pupils with physical, mental and social problems in cooperation with the home and other parties contributing to pupil welfare at school while also striving to prevent the aforementioned problems.

School health care also provides first aid in the event of accidents at school and treatment in the event of acute illness.


Health check-ups for the entire age group are carried out annually:

  • 6-year / 0th grade health check-up by a public health nurse (For those born in 2014 or later from 1 January 2020 onwards)
  • 1st grade health check-up by a public health nurse + doctor (extended health check-up)
  • 2nd–4th grade health check-up by a public health nurse
  • 5th grade health check-up by a public health nurse + doctor (extended health check-up)
  • 6th–7th grade health check-up by a public health nurse
  • 8th grade health check-up by a public health nurse + doctor (extended health check-up)
  • 9th grade health check-up by a public health nurse
  • Upper secondary school 1st year health check-up by a public health nurse
  • Upper secondary school 2nd year girls’ health check-up by a doctor, boys’ call-up check-up

According to national guidelines, 1st, 5th and 8th grade health check-ups are so-called extended health check-ups. The check-ups are based on the pupils’, their parents’, their teacher’s and school health care staff’s assessment of the pupil’s well-being. In order for the objective of the extended health check-up to be met, at least one parent should participate in the check-up.