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Garden Suburb Infant School

Pupil Welfare

We prioritise the heath and well - being of children while they are with us in School. Our policy on Children's Welfare in School, including Supporting Children with Medical Conditions in School, is available on the Our Policies page. 

It is important that you share with us all relevant information to help us ensure your child’s health and well-being in school and all information is treated sensitively and confidentially as appropriate.  

If your child has any allergies, is asthmatic, or has any other chronic condition please complete the medical information form, before they start school if possible.

As some of the children in school have nut allergies we strive, as a precaution, to ensure that everyone in our school is “nut aware”. 

What you can do to help:
We ask that you do not send into school:

  • Packets of nuts
  • Peanut butter sandwiches
  • Biscuits, snack bars, sweets, cakes or yoghurts that contain nuts.
  • Boxes and cartons for junk modelling that have contained foods with nuts.

Please make sure that your child knows that they must never share food from their school or packed lunch with any other child.

If your child has any allergies, is asthmatic, or has any other chronic condition, please let Mrs Freeman or Ms Gonzales our Pastoral Support Team know using the medical form in your pack.  If your child develops any conditions that the school should be aware of, please see Mrs Freeman or Ms Gonzales.

Medicine will be kept in school for two purposes only:

  • When administration is required regularly during the school day.
  • Where the pupil may require medication in an emergency situation.

Some children, who have medication in school, will need a Health Care Plan.  This will be discussed with you if necessary.

Medication to be administered in school must:

  • Be prescribed by the child’s GP/Paediatrician.
  • Be in the original container showing the child’s name and dosage.
  • Be accompanied by a disclaimer, giving precise details of the medication, dosage, frequency etc. and be signed by the parent/carer.

If your child needs to have medication kept in school, please see Mrs Freeman or Ms Gonzales, they will give you a disclaimer form to complete.

Over the counter medicines, i.e. creams, sun lotion, painkillers and homeopathic remedies, will not be given under any circumstances and should not be sent into school.

Antibiotics will only be given to a child in school by staff in very exceptional circumstances and this is at the discretion of Miss Sands/The Pastoral Support Team.  Of course parents/carers may choose to come to school during the day to administer their child’s antibiotic if necessary.

If there is anything else you would like to know, or think the school should know about your child’s welfare in school, please contact Mrs Freeman or Mrs Gonzales.

First Aid
Unfortunately there may be occasions when your child hurts themselves or becomes unwell during the school day.

We have several fully qualified first aiders in school who hold either First Aid at Work Certificate or Paediatric First Aid Certificate, or in some cases both.

If your child is hurt or becomes unwell s/he will be dealt with by one of the first aiders. You will only be contacted if your child needs to go home or if further treatment is necessary.  It is, therefore, essential that we have up-to date contact information for you. Any changes can be done either through Parentmail or in writing to the school office.

You will always receive a note from school if your child has any kind of head injury or a nose bleed in school.

Head Lice
Occasionally there is an outbreak of headlice in school! These are not a serious health hazard but are unpleasant and highly contagious so we take steps to limit its spread.  If it is found that your child has head lice you will be asked to collect him/her from school and to administer the appropriate remedy before they return.  Following these simple guidelines may help you avoid head lice:

  • Brush/Comb your child’s hair well twice a day, every day
  • Tie and clip back long hair.

Mrs Freeman and Ms Gonzales are responsible for pupil welfare in school. If you have queries regarding allergies or first aid please speak to either of them and they will be able to help you.