Health, medicines & First Aid
A little guidance to share
If your child is going to be absent, please ring school to let us know when she/he is likely to return.
Children who are ill with sickness/diarrhoea should be kept at home for forty-eight hours after the symptoms cease.
If your child is unwell please keep him/her at home even if she/he asks to go to school. Your child is much better off at home where they can sit quietly and not spread infection to other children or vulnerable adults. Please let us know about any infectious diseases especially if anyone has German measles (Rubella).
There are clear guidelines for infectious conditions produced by the Health Protection Agency which we are obliged to abide by for the health and safety of all children and staff.
We have a stimulating and challenging learning environment for young children. Alongside these physical opportunities there will inevitably be some risks.
Many of us are Paediatric trained First Aiders and all staff are vigilant for potential risks in the environment. We record all accidents/incidents on a form which we share with parents and ask to be signed and which we keep to analyse any pattern of accidents.
In the event of more serious injuries we contact parents, who take the child to a doctor or hospital as appropriate. If we are unable to contact a child's parents a member of staff will do this. In the event of major injury or illness which clearly requires immediate hospital treatment, the emergency services will be contacted and the arrangements for transfer to hospital carried out before contacting the family.
We have a full Medicine Policy which is on the website or available in hard copy on request. We closely follow national requirements and guidance. We will normally only give children prescribed medicine and always require written permission procedures to administer any medicine. We recommend that any medicine is given to children before and after school hours in order to eliminate the need for this.
We receive free milk and fruit/vegetables for each child, which we offer at snack times. Children join a table where a selection of fruit/vegetables, milk or water is available so that children can choose when they wish to participate. Staff support with hygiene and how to take turns and share as well as using this informal group for general talk.
Our school lunches are cooked on site by a cook trained in cooking healthy, balanced diets for young children. There is always a vegetarian option and the meals reflect a range of children’s cultures. Children are encouraged to try food but never made to eat.
Meals are social occasions as children sit with an adult so learning about being in a group other than their family and use of appropriate skills.
The menus are posted on our school web-site and on school notice-boards. As menus are organised centrally by ‘Food with Thought’, our cook adapts and amends some of the choices and menus to suit our children.