HEALTH AND WELFARE IN SCHOOL
From time to time, children may have accidents in school – usually in the playground at break and lunchtimes. We have a large number of First Aid or Paediatric First Aid trained staff and our Midday Supervisory team have also had First Aid Awareness training. The vast majority of accidents will be treatable in school. If your child has bumped their head, he/she will be monitored and a red ‘bumped head’ letter will be sent home the same day, informing you of the fact. If your child is allergic to plasters please make sure that they know this and can say so to the first aider who is treating them.
If staff feel that an injury is severe enough to need professional medical attention parents will be contacted and asked 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 an emergency, where urgent medical treatment is needed, we will call an ambulance and ensure that the child is transported safely to A & E with a member of staff. Please be aware that as the staff of the school are legally ‘in loco parentis’ (in place of parents) during school time, we can authorize medical treatment for your child if you cannot be contacted.
ASTHMA IN SCHOOL
If your child uses an inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms, this should be in school at all times, accessible in their tray so it can be used when necessary. Doctor’s surgeries will always supply additional inhalers for school use. School inhalers will be returned during the summer holidays – please check the expiry dates and renew them as necessary. Aerochamber devices to make inhalers easier to use can also be obtained from the doctor’s and should be in school with the inhaler.
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 really important 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.
We have several children in school who wear hearing aids or have a radio aid system. The school is experienced in working with hearing impairments and there is a wall pilot device in the assembly hall which synchronises radio frequencies so that those children with radio aids can all hear the speaker clearly.
Unfortunately, schools are an ideal environment for headlice. Please check your child’s scalp regularly and take appropriate action for every member of the family if you find lice or eggs. Further information on tackling headlice effectively can be found on parenting or child health websites.
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, please leave 24 hours before returning your child to school. In the case of diarrhoea, this should be 48 hours. Please ensure that rigorous hand washing prevents the spread of infection from child to child. Impetigo, conjunctivitis and ‘slapped-cheek’ disease are all highly infectious and regularly seen in school - please familiarize yourself with the symptoms of these and other common childhood infections so you can take prompt action if your child becomes ill.
Threadworms – a common infection in primary school children. Good hygiene practices when going to toilet, washing hands etc will help to stop the spread but if you suspect your child has threadworms (they will have a very itchy bottom) please take them to your doctor’s, administer treatment and follow the advice that you are given by the health professionals. This will include washing of bedding and towels and treatment for all members of the family before the child returns to school.
MEDICINES IN SCHOOL
If your child needs to take a dose of medicine in school for any reason you must complete the appropriate form in the School Office first, which authorizes school staff to dispense the medication. All medicines must be handed to the Headteacher, clearly labelled with the child’s name and a note of the dosage. Medicines are stored securely in the Headteacher’s office. We will only administer pain relief medicines such as calpol after 4 hours have elapsed from when your child came into school so that we are sure that there has been a large enough gap between doses. Therefore calpol or such medicines will not be administered before 1pm.
If your child is having problems with eating problems, bedwetting, emotional difficulties, behaviour, sleeping and other child health-related issues please contact school and we will try to help you with this.
If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child please speak to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads in school.
About the nasal spray flu vaccine
The flu vaccine for children is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), but the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine.
It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. If you need further information on the nasal spray flu vaccine, please contact your GP.
CHANGES IN YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH
Please notify the school if there are any changes to your child's health eg. if they develop an allergy or are diagnosed with new or developing medical condition of which we should be aware.
If your child attends our Breakfast Club or Norman Street After School Club kindly ensure they are aware of all medical conditions.