From time to time, children may have accidents at school, often occurring in the playground during break and lunchtimes. We have a substantial number of First Aid-trained staff. The majority of accidents can be treated on-site. If your child has bumped their head, they will be monitored, and a white 'bumped head' letter will be sent home the same day to inform you. If your child is allergic to plasters, please ensure they communicate this to the first aider treating them.
If staff deem an injury severe enough to require professional medical attention, parents will be contacted to collect their child and take them to a doctor's surgery or A&E as appropriate. Please ensure that the school office has your up-to-date mobile number so that we can contact you in an emergency.
In emergencies requiring urgent medical treatment, we will call an ambulance and ensure the child is transported safely to A&E with a member of staff. Please be aware that as the school staff are legally 'in loco parentis' during school time, we can authorise medical treatment for your child if you cannot be contacted.
Asthma in School
If your child uses an inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms, it should be in school at all times, accessible in the medical room for use when necessary. Doctors' surgeries should supply additional inhalers to parents for school use. School inhalers will be returned during the summer holidays—please check the expiry dates, keep a diary note at home, and renew them as necessary. Aero-chamber devices to make inhalers easier to use can also be obtained from the doctor’s and should be in school with the inhaler if needed.
If your child needs to wear glasses in school, it is far better if a second pair is obtained from the opticians and kept in their tray. Most high street opticians will do special deals on second pairs of glasses for children. It is crucial that if glasses are needed, they are worn every day in class to maximize learning—otherwise, your child may be missing out on vital information.
Some children in school may wear hearing aids or have a radio aid system. The school is experienced in working with hearing impairments, and there are devices in each classroom that synchronise radio frequencies so that children with radio aids can hear the teacher clearly.
Unfortunately, schools are an ideal environment for head lice. Please check your child’s scalp regularly and take appropriate action for every family member if you find lice or eggs. Further information on tackling head lice effectively can be found on parenting or child health websites or ask in school for advice. If you are having persistent problems with head lice, you can contact the School E-nurse for help.
Infection Control Advice
Tummy bugs can often strike, and your child will need to be at home if this happens. If there has been vomiting or diarrhea, please leave 48 hours from the last episode before returning your child to school. Please note that rigorous hand washing prevents the spread of infection. Impetigo, conjunctivitis, and 'slapped-cheek' disease are highly infectious and regularly seen in school. Please familiarise yourself with the symptoms of these and other common childhood infections so you can take prompt action if your child becomes ill. Please let the school know if your child has been diagnosed with any illness.
Threadworms – a common infection in primary school children. Please help your child practice good hygiene when going to the toilet, washing hands, etc., but if you suspect your child has threadworms, please take them to your doctor’s then administer treatment and follow the advice given by the health professionals before returning your child to school. This will include washing bedding and towels and treatment for all family members.
Medicines In School
If your child needs to take a dose of medicine at school for any reason, you must complete the appropriate form in the School Office first, authorising school staff to dispense the medication. All medicines must be handed to school, clearly labelled with the child’s name and a note of the dosage. Medicines are stored securely in the medical room.
If your child is having problems with eating, bedwetting, emotional or behavioural difficulties, sleeping, and other child health-related issues, please contact the school, and we will try to help you with this or refer you to the e-school nurse.
Changes in Your Child's Health
Please notify the school if there are any changes to your child's health, e.g., if they develop an allergy or are diagnosed with a new or developing medical condition of which we should be aware.