Medical Matters

Your child’s well-being at school is of paramount importance to us. All the work we do is based on the fact that your child will be safe and well cared for. The school has a wide range of policies that guide what we do to ensure their well-being. For the vast majority of the time, everyone is well and the following are in place for the infrequent times people are not.

The School Nurse Service.

The weight, height and eyesight of all the children are checked in their Reception year, with height and weight rechecked in Year 6.  The School Nurse also accepts referrals from school.

They also conduct hearing tests on all children at some point during their first year in school. If any hearing problems are found, you will be notified and further tests are arranged.

In addition to the above the school also has a staff member who helps oversee the specialist medical provision for all the children in school; she liaises with parents, teachers and medical health professionals to ensure that all our pupils receive the best possible care and attention.

Illness

Should your child be ill at school we will contact you during the day. Please fill in the Pupil Information Sheet with all relevant telephone numbers and notify us immediately of any change of employment, address or telephone number. This form is regularly updated and your co-operation is appreciated.

IT IS VITAL THAT THIS INFORMATION IS KEPT UP TO DATE and renewed at least annually – this is for the safety and benefit of your child.  Thank you.

If your child has had sickness and diarrhoea, they should not return to school until 48 hours after their last incident/symptoms.  Any children who have sickness or diarrhoea whilst at school will need to be collected immediately. 

These are national guidelines and are in place to stop widespread infection.

NHS

For guidance regarding childhood illnesses and for further information, please click this link: www.nhs.uk/conditions

First Aid

School is a busy and active place.  We of course safeguard very well, but from time to time  someone is going to fall over in the playground or bang into a friend.  Any minor injuries will be dealt with in school and we will contact you if we feel your child needs to be collected.

If your child sustains a head injury they will also be wearing a sticker to alert parents. If school is concerned following a bump to the head parents will be contacted to inform them of the matter and a note will be sent home with your child.

Medicines

If your child has need of ongoing medication, e.g. for asthma, please contact the school office in the first instance who will advise on the best course of action. 

For children who have a condition such as diabetes, please contact the school office who will arrange a meeting with school staff to discuss your child’s requirements. 

Any medicines that are retained in school must be clearly marked with the child’s name, class, dosage, frequency and instructions for administering.

Prescribed Medicines

If your child requires antibiotics or prescribed medicines, parents or carers should arrange to come to school during the day to administer this, alternatively arrange for a representative to do this on their behalf.  On occasion this is not possible and, if we are able, the school will offer to administer medication with the following guidelines:

  • an adult must bring the medication into the school office at the beginning of the school day and collect it at the end of the school day, having completed a Request to Administer Medication form, paper copies available at school office
  • if your child requires antibiotics or prescribed medicines to be administered 3 times per day, doses should be given before and afterschool and before bedtime. We will assist with administering antibiotics if they are required 4 times per day.
  • Medication will be stored in the School Office fridge if necessary.
  • A member of school staff will administer the medication.
  • All medication must be in original packaging, with the pharmacy label clearly showing the child’s name, dosage required and frequency of medication.
  • A spoon must also be provided.
  • Eye medication cannot be administered by school staff.

Other Medications 

If your child needs any other form of medication during the school day please contact the office.