If your child is unwell and requires antibiotics it is often possible for the doctor to prescribe an antibiotic that requires three doses per day rather than four, which means that the medication can be administered at home, at breakfast, after school and bedtime. If however, this is not possible, staff can administer medicines providing we have written authorisation from the parent. Children will not be allowed to administer their own medication and the medication should be handed into the school office where it will be held – in the fridge if necessary (at which time the relevant form can be completed).
These should be clearly labelled with the child’s name. Inhalers are kept in the child’s classroom and should accompany him/her on school trips and visits. Parents should supply an additional inhaler for emergency use and ensure that inhalers in school are not empty or out of date.
Should a child become ill or have a serious accident during the school day we try to contact one of his/her parents as soon as possible. For this purpose we need you to provide two telephone numbers that we should use in the case of such emergencies. On the rare occasions that we have had to accompany a child to hospital, we have found the data forms to be invaluable, so please do make sure that the school has up to date contact details in case of emergency.
Should a child receive a knock on the head, but show no immediate symptoms of being unwell, we will endeavour to let you know by means of a letter. We also put a sticker on them to alert other teaching staff as well as parents.
Cuts and grazes are treated by cleaning with water and applying a plaster if necessary.
The School Nurse (Nurse Abigail Bird) can be contacted by telephoning (01722) 425154.
Health Check for New Entrants
All children starting school at five years of age or under will be given a new entrants health check. The health check will consist of height and weight measurement, eye test and hearing screening carried out by the School Health Service. This year consent will be gained from parents / legal guardians via letter but in subsequent years the Health Questionnaire (green ME2 form) will be revised to include consent.
The school dentist usually visits during Y1 but we shall seek your permission prior to this occurrence.
Measuring Height and Weight of children in Reception and Year 6
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department of Health (DH) have a shared programme of work to improve children’s health and wellbeing with healthy weight having a high priority. Detailed national NCMP results are available on www.noo.org.uk/NCMP. Parents have the right to exclude their child from the activity and an explanatory letter will be sent home. This letter can be viewed onwww.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Heathimprovement/Obesity/DH_103939.