The health and welfare of the children is monitored closely. In reception, children have a health check with the school nurse. In addition, sight, hearing and dental checks are carried out at regular intervals. The school nurse visits each week to conduct health assessments, and to meet with parents and carers.
We have numerous members of staff trained in First Aid to look after any child who becomes sick or injured whilst at school. They are led by our Senior First Aider and Paediatric Nurse, Margaret Murphy, and Senior First Aider, Donna Scott. Parents and carers will be informed immediately if we think a child is too unwell to stay in school. If your child is unwell in the morning, it is advisable that they should stay at home until they are better.
If a child is receiving ongoing medication, parents are allowed to come into school by prior arrangement to administer this. If your child has been prescribed antibiotics by your GP, staff are able to administer this medication in school but only on receipt of a Medical Consent form which you can obtain from the school office. Please note that this only applies to antibiotics that have been prescribed by your GP, staff are unable to administer general medication such as painkillers.
Only in cases of long term medical conditions can arrangements be made for the taking of medication during school hours. Please visit the school office to discuss this. Medicine and tablets must never be given to a child to be brought into school. We will ask you to fill in an Individual Medical Plan if your child has a long term medical condition requiring care in school.
See below for our medical needs policy and procedures.