First Aid, Illness and Medication

Is my child too ill for school or nursery?

It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school or nursery when they are unwell.

If you do keep your child at home, it's important to phone the school office on the first day. Let us know that your child won't be in and tell us the reason.

If your child is well enough to go to school but has an infection that could be passed on, such as a cold sore or head lice, please let the school office know.

There are government guidelines for schools and nurseries about managing specific infectious diseases at GOV.UK. These say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.

Click here for more information and advice about childhood illnesses. 


Accidents or illness during the day

Letter to parents regarding Scarlet Fever from the UK Health Security Agency December 2022 click here


We have a number of trained first aiders on our school staff and nursery.  Our current First Aiders are:

Mrs Goddard

Mrs Hallett

Mrs Hannington

Mrs Harper

Mrs Jones

Miss Morrissey

Mrs Woodwardsmith


We will always inform you if your child has needed first aid attention during the day. We will always make contact with you during the school day if your child becomes unwell and needs to go home or to the doctor.

If your child has been unwell with sickness or diarrhoea during the night (or early morning), you must keep them at home for 48 hours from the last time they were ill, to ensure a full recovery has taken place.

It is essential that we have the correct address and telephone numbers for you in the event of an emergency.


Medicine or Tablets

Please inform the office if your child has ongoing medical needs (whether or not they require medication) so that we can ensure we make appropriate provision for your child. A display by the main first aid area gives brief information about ongoing medical needs so that all staff are aware. Training is provided for staff as necessary for inhalers, EpiPen etc.

Inhalers as treatment for asthma and hay fever, which are to be taken during the school day, must be named and are kept in the classroom with the child for ease of access. Inhalers must be in their original box with the prescription sticker.  If your child has asthma we ask you to bring to school a copy of their asthma health care plan.  We will then ask you to complete school care plan to assist us in caring for your child.

In special circumstances, medicines will also be administered in school. This is usually if the medicine is needed to be taken 4 times per day. 3 doses per day should be dealt with by parents at home. Calpol or other such medicines purchased over the counter may be given during the day at school. Parents must take all medicines (both prescribed and non-prescribed) to the school office and fill out a permission form.


Please click on the following links to view:

Parent medication request form

Administration of Medication in school Policy

Asthma Policy

First Aid in School Policy

Guidance on infection control in schools and other childcare settings