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Health and Hygiene

The School Health Service provides care throughout the primary years, checking height, weight, sight and hearing. It is essential that you tell the school of any medical problem concerning your child before they start.

 

You will be asked to provide an emergency telephone number. If a child is too ill to stay in school, they must be sent home since this is the best place for them. To prevent the spread of infection, if children are particularly ill during the night or feel unwell, especially if they have a high temperature they should not be sent to school. Except in exceptional circumstances, parents should not request that children stay in at playtime. If they are too ill to play outside, they should be at home. If your child is sick (vomiting), please allow a clear 24 hours before they return to school, to avoid spreading any virus.  

 

A child with a more minor illness or in the final stages of recovery can be given paracetamol liquid and/or antibiotic- please complete a medicine form and hand it it, together with the medicine at the school office.  Please consider the disruption to your child's class when working out the timings of dosage.  An antibiotic that needs to be given three times a day can be given before school, immediately after school and before bed.  If you have given your child paracetamol liquid so that they feel well enough to come to school, please bear in mind that as the dose wears off, the child will begin to feel ill again and we will have to telephone you to collect the child.  A child who is this ill should not be in school.

 

Asthmatics using inhalers should always have them with them, including during playtime and sports lessons.  Younger children's inhalers should be handed to the class teacher so that they can be stored safely in the classroom where they are readily available to the child.

 

The most important personal hygiene skill you can teach your child before they start school, is to wash their hands thoroughly after using the lavatory and before food; using a tissue, throwing it away and if necessary washing hands after is also good practice.