Administration of Medicines
The School has a policy that we do not under normal circumstances administer or supervise any medication to pupils, except inhalers. Parents must complete a form provided at the office before their child's inhaler will be accepted in school. It is good practice to allow pupils from an early age to manage their own inhalers. Children's inhalers will be kept within their classrooms in an accessible place (Nursery to KS1) (KS2 children see below).
- Nursery staff will administer medication, and inform parents at the end of the session
- Reception children are given their inhalers by Reception staff who then record the date and time in a medical book.
- KS1 children are encouraged to administer their inhalers by themselves under the supervision of the class teacher.
- KS2 children will administer their inhalers by themselves when required and will also keep them on school trips.
- A box containing named inhalers will be taken with the class when the children go to PE lessons.
- When children attend the swimming baths, inhalers are placed in a box which is put on the swimming instructors table on the poolside.
In cases when a child has a medical condition or a disability that requires the administration of medication during the school day, a care plan is drawn up by the SENCO with the child’s parents. This must be signed and agreed by all parties involved in giving the medication.
In view of the distance between classrooms and the school dining room, children with allergies are required to bring two pens to school. One is to be kept in the classroom and taken with the class when they go out on trips, including to the sports hall. The other is stored in the school kitchen.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
If a child or adult suffers from either of the above symptoms in school, they will be sent home with a reminder that they should be kept away from school for 24 hours following the last movement or bout. This applies also to someone who has had these symptoms whilst at home.
If school is made aware of a child having head lice by a parent or carer their class will have a letter sent home stating that there are head lice present in their class and requesting that they check their own child. If it is obvious that a child has head lice, their parents will be informed by a personal letter or in person at the end of the school day and a letter sent home to the other members of the class.
Intimate Care Plan
It is expected that all children will come to school already toilet trained. Young children occasionally have accidents and in such cases will be provided with a change of clothes and expected to clean themselves up. If a child is unable to do this a parent will be telephoned and asked to come into school to support their child. If a member of staff needs to assist a child in the toilets, we insist that two members of staff are present in order to protect our staff from any possible allegations.
If a child has a special need in which toileting support is one of the needs, then it would be anticipated that this child would have a Statement of S.E.N. with the provision of a support assistant. For purposes of child protection the toileting needs of the child are identified and the procedure to be taken described. This is then agreed by the staff and parent. This would be recorded as a Medical Plan.