Illness Medication and First Aid

It is very important that you advise the school if your child suffers from any allergies, including food-diagnosed allergies, or from any other medical condition including asthma.  The school will arrange a medical planning meeting where we can record the details of your child’s medical needs, any treatment they require and what we should do in case of an emergency. 

Please do let us know if your child has an infectious illness such as rubella, conjunctivitis, head lice, impetigo, measles, mumps or ringworm. 

Illness during the day 

If your child becomes ill during the day, we will always contact you, having taken the necessary steps ourselves to ensure your child is safe and cared for. It is vital that we have your up-to-date contact numbers at all times, particularly mobile telephone numbers, and that someone is able, if necessary, to take your children home. 

Medication 

If your child is taking antibiotics, it is usually best that they are looked after at home.  However, if they are recovering, have had at least 48 hours of the medication administered at home, and just need to complete the course, this can be arranged via the school office providing the parent has sought the permission of the Head of School and has filled out and signed the necessary form. 

The school is only able to store and administer medication which has been prescribed by a doctor for your child.  If your child requires prescribed medication during the school day, please contact the office who can provide you with the necessary forms and arrange a medical planning meeting if appropriate. 

Asthma 

Please let the office staff and teacher know if your child has asthma.  We have a storage place for inhalers. Please clearly name any inhalers.  Inhalers are always taken on trips. 

First Aid  

Bumps and scrapes are an unavoidable part of school life, especially in the playground or on a sports field. 

All our school staff have taken part in First Aid training and some have additional paediatric first aid qualifications. When an adult administers treatment of any kind to a child, they will complete an entry in our first aid book. 

If a child has a minor head injury we will always try and contact the nominated parent or carer by telephone. We use our judgement as to the extent of the injury and will discuss with the parent or carer whether the child needs to be collected or warrants a visit to the doctor or hospital. 

In the very rare case of serious injury the school will telephone for an ambulance.  If a parent or carer is unable to get to school quickly, a member of school staff will accompany the child to hospital in the ambulance and wait with them until their parent arrives.