All teaching staff and the majority of support staff have First aid at Work and Early Years training and treat most minor illnesses and minor injuries. Parents are informed by school staff of any injury more severe than small abrasions and bumps. All head bumps are reported to families – either via a text message or phone call in the case of more serious injury.
When children are taken ill in school they are usually closely monitored by staff initially and first aiders ascertain the seriousness of the problem. Where pupils are well enough they are returned to class. Should first aiders decide the child should require medication or go home, parents are telephoned to discuss the situation and agree the course of action. Where an accident occurs in school, first aiders follow the procedures outlined below.
Parents are asked to keep their child at home if they are ill or infectious and to phone the school to inform the school of their absence. Vomiting and diarrhoea is particularly contagious in a school community and the school follows the Health Protection Agency’s guidelines of recommending that pupils are kept off school for 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea.
Pupils in our Reception Class are dealt with by paediatric trained first aiders during school time and on school trips. Staff trained in this area are: Mrs Spencer, Mrs Seal, Mrs Jellicoe and Miss Grant.
Parents are informed of every accident or incident to their child in the EYFS and the first aid or medication that has been given.
Pupils’ own medication can be administered in school only if prescribed by a member of staff who is authorised to do so (except for hayfever relief eye drops and anti hystamine), It is kept in the medical fridge in teh office area or in and kept in the First Aid cupboard in the office area. Parents are asked to provide full written details of administration of the medication. In preparation for school residential trips parents sign a form if they consent to their son/daughter being given over the counter medication.
Pupils with existing Medical Conditions
Some pupils have specific medical problems/needs. Individualised care plans are drawn up in consultation with parents and pupils for those pupils with specific health needs such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, epilepsy etc and circulated to relevant staff. Staff who are due to take pupils with medical conditions on educational visits are to discuss the pupil’s needs with the first aiders well in advance of the school trip, as set out in the AJS Trips and Excursions Policy. On some occasions it is appropriate to have a meeting with the staff member, the parents, pupil and the nurses prior to the trip.
Pupils with asthma in key stage 2 should carry their inhalers with them at all times. Pupils in EYFS and key stage 1 have their inhalers kept in the classroom. Any administration of an inhaler is reported to parents.
Health Education is an ongoing process. The school nurse is available to work with staff to help deliver Health Education.
Our school nurse is Mrs Helen Finland. She visits the school regularly. Mrs Finland can be contacted via the school office.