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Medicines and Health

If your child needs medication during school time, would you please notify your child’s class teacher and complete a Medication form held in school. We need clear written instructions on how medicines are to be used or taken and whether the child can self-medicate or requires help (with inhalers, for example). If instructions are particularly complicated, then it may be necessary for you to come into school to help your child with their medicines. It is not usually necessary to give doses of antibiotics during the school day and you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist about appropriate use of medicines. The school has a detailed medicines policy and you may want to see this.  Children should not be sent to school if they are ill.

It is vital that you tell us about any medical problems which may affect your child whilst at school (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and allergies) so that we can agree a course of action in advance should the need arise. Any information given will be treated in confidence.

There is normally a member of staff in school who is trained in First Aid. We will always refer any non-trivial injury for professional medical help and we will make every effort to inform you (or your representative) immediately in the event of significant illness or injury. All accidents are recorded in the Accident Book and you will be informed at the end of the school day if your child sustains a minor injury.

If you are unsure as to how many days your child should be kept away from school because of a specific illness please contact the Office.

Our School Nurse visits us regularly and carries out health checks. You will be informed if any follow up is appropriate. You can contact the nurse, through school, if you have any concerns about your child’s health. Nicky also contributes to our Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE) programme.

Headlice are a persistent (if harmless) problem, as in any Primary School. We ask you to check your child’s hair regularly (at least twice a week) and take appropriate and prompt action if you find a living, moving louse. The school nurse can advise you on detection and treatment and additional information is available through school. It is almost inevitable that your child will be affected at some time and we ask you to co-operate with us in a calm and well-informed response to the problem.

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