We have a dedicated, qualified nurse based in the First Aid Room of the Junior School from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm. In addition, a Senior School Nurse is on site until 5.30 pm.
Many members of staff have first aid qualifications, including the school office staff, teachers and after school care providers.
If your child is attending school we expect them to be fit for all normal activities.
Pupils should not return to school:
- with a raised temperature;
- within 48 hours of the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea
- until cleared by their own doctors after infectious diseases
- until treatment is commenced in the case of head lice, impetigo, conjunctivitis or other transmissible conditions
Parents should telephone 020 8557 1519 or email the school office on the first morning of absence to inform us that your child will not be at school, and each morning of absence thereafter. An email or a written note giving the reason for their absence should accompany your child on their return to school.
All medication that needs to be brought into school should be clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and full instructions for use and handed into the office for safe keeping. Our Junior School Nurse or a nominated first aider will administer the medication if a request is made in writing stipulating the dose, the time, your child’s name and the duration of the treatment. If we do not have your written permission, we will not be able to administer your child’s medication.
Almost all antibiotics can now be prescribed on a twice-daily basis: it helps us if you would ask prescribing doctors for twice-daily prescriptions so that medicines need not be brought to school.
When they are older (Years 5 and 6), children who suffer with Asthma are encouraged to be responsible for their own inhaler themselves. However, we do ask that parents supply a spare named reliever inhaler to be kept in the first aid room.
All pupils’ medication including inhalers and EpiPens will be kept in the First Aid Room. They will be sent home at the end of the Trinity term. If these medications expire before the end of term we will inform you to replace them.
Children who are involved in accidents or taken ill at school are referred to the First Aid Room where the extent of their injuries or severity of their illness is quickly assessed by our Junior School Nurse. Any treatment that is needed is provided in our First Aid Room, this area ensures the children have somewhere quiet to rest if necessary. All illness or incidents are recorded on our school database and parents will be contacted if necessary.
Sometimes it may be appropriate to administer Paracetamol or Ibuprofen at school. Your permission will be sought before it is given and we will email to confirm the administration of any medicines given.
In the case of all head injuries (defined as any injury to the head area) parents will be informed by email on a standardised form with our head injury advice sheet. For more serious head injuries, as well as sending an email, we would telephone to provide additional information.
In accordance with Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) regulations, Reception class parents are informed of every injury or accident involving their child. In addition, for EYFS pupils, the school is obliged to seek written permission for each occasion that medication may need administering and so EYFS parents will always be consulted should medication be required. The only exception to this would be where to take time to consult with parents may endanger the child’s health, for example in the case of an EpiPen or reliever inhaler.
Please ensure that you declare all medical details and emergency contact numbers to the school on the appropriate forms, and advise the school whenever there is a change of details.
Read the full Junior School First Aid policy here