Illness and medical appointments

If your child is ill then clearly the best place for them is at home. Some conditions such as asthma and diabetes, for example, simply need medication. We can arrange for this to be administered in school if necessary. Please discuss these arrangements with your child’s class teacher.

Generally, however, no medication or tablets are allowed to be administered at school. The giving of medicine in school is purely a voluntary service and regrettably, due to the increasing demands to administer medicine and the difficulties this can cause staff, the following now applies :-

Parents of children who need long-term medication e.g. asthma inhalers, must complete a medical form, available at the school office.

Medicine might have been prescribed by your doctor and there may still be doses left to take by the time your child is well enough to return. It is important to remember that staff are not required by law to administer medicines for health and safety reasons and hence the policy is that "medicines should only be taken to a setting when this is essential and settings should only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist". "Essential" and "prescribed" are the key words here. Those medicines that are taken three times a day can be taken before and directly after school, therefore it is not essential that the medicine be taken in school. If a medicine needs to be taken more than three times a day, or at a specific time during the school day, you will be asked to come in to administer it.

Some of our children suffer from allergies or medical conditions. Please contact us as soon as you become aware of any such condition with your child in order that we can support you in ensuring your child’s health and safety at school. We operate a strict “NO PEANUTS IN SCHOOL” policy, due to the life threatening nature of peanut allergies.