The health and welfare of the children is monitored closely. Every child in the Reception classes is given a sight and hearing check-up.
We have numerous members of staff trained in First Aid to look after any child who becomes sick or injured whilst at school. Parents and carers will be informed immediately if we think a child is too unwell to stay in school. If your child is unwell in the morning, it is advisable that he/she should stay at home until fully recovered, as we have no facilities for looking after sick children.
In general, there are three main sets of circumstances where school staff may be required to support pupils with medical needs or conditions. These are:
a) Cases where pupils recovering from a short-term illness are well enough to return to school, but are receiving a course of prescribed medicationsuch as antibiotics;
b) Cases of chronic illness or long-term complaints, such as asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy, which may require an individual health care plan;
c) Children with a specific special medical need who require an individual or emergency health care plan.
Prescription medicines must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin should only be given if prescribed by a doctor).
Medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) must only be administered to a child where written permission for that particular medicinehas been obtained from the child’s parent and/or carer.
Non-prescription medication e.g. pain and fever relief or teething gel, may only be administered when there is a health reason to do so. A child under 16 should never be given medicines containing aspirin unless it has been prescribed for that child by a doctor.