Our Welfare Officer, Mrs Fuller, is responsible for the general welfare of our children. Please call 020 8360 3731, ext 28.
We ask parents to keep us informed of relevant medical needs or information. Information it is crucial for us to know includes conditions such as asthma, allergies, hearing or sight impairments, eczema, diabetes or epilepsy. Please advise us promptly of any changes which may affect your child’s medical, social, emotional and psychological well-being at school.
Owing to the risks Rubella presents to a pregnant mother, please warn us immediately if your child has attended school with ‘German Measles’ so we can inform other parents.
Swimming and Verrucae
Children suffering from verrucae must have a plaster over each one and wear a proper verrucae sock when swimming or using the school’s shower.
All schools experience head lice outbreaks from time to time. Scratching the head is a common indication that a child may have nits (eggs) or live lice (insects). If we identify a child having nits, we shall inform you by sending a letter home requesting that you arrange treatment. The entire family should be treated with the recommended shampoo or lotion and children should return to school only when this has been done. If live lice are identified, we shall ask you to collect your child from school as this is the period in which the lice can infect others. Lice pass from one child to another and lay their eggs in clean hair. Please try not to be embarrassed if your child has head lice, the lice prefer clean hair and it is no reflection on personal or family hygiene.
If it is necessary for your child to visit hospital following an accident, we shall notify you by telephone and ask if you can arrange to transport your child. In cases of emergency we will call an ambulance or use our own cars.
We prefer parents to administer medicines whenever possible. If parents cannot, for clear reasons, we will administer medicines following this procedure:
- A doctor’s note should be delivered by the parent to the effect that it is necessary to administer medicines during school hours.
- The note should contain clear instructions on dosage, nature and time of administration.
- In the absence of a note, we cannot administer drugs on your behalf.
- All medicines should be delivered to the school by the parent – never the child.
- Medicines will be clearly labelled and stored in the medical room.
- Medicines should be sent to the school in measured does and clearly labelled.
- Parents of children requiring Epi-pens should make the necessary arrangements with the Welfare Officer. No other injections will be given.
We have a number of children in school who are highly allergic to nuts. Anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition, occurs when such a child comes into contact with nuts – however slight. We are a nut free school and ask parents to make sure that nuts or nut products are not brought into school for lunches or class parties.