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Somercotes Infant & Nursery School

Health, Sickness and Wellbeing

Pupil Health & Welfare

Obviously we prioritise the heath and well – being of children while they are with us in School. We have a range of policies relating to pupil welfare which are available here on the school website or we can provide you with a copy if you wish.

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 Ryde  know using the medical form in your pack.  If your child develops any conditions that the school should be aware in the first instance please contact Mrs Ryde in the School office.

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 Ryde, she 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 Mrs Gray.  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 Griffiths.

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.  Each class has their own first aider.

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 Teacher2Parents 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 for example in school.

Head Lice

Occasionally there is an outbreak of head lice 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 discreetly adviced so you can administer the correct treatment. The NHS advice is:

Treatments to get rid of head lice are available to buy from pharmacies, supermarkets and online.

The main treatments are:

Lotions and sprays

Wet combing

Everyone with head lice in your household should be treated on the same day.

If a treatment doesn’t work the first time, you can try it again, try a different treatment, or get advice from your school nurse, health visitor, pharmacist or GP.

Lotions and sprays

There are several different products that can be applied to the scalp and hair to kill head lice, including:

  • dimeticone 4% lotion or lotion spray – applied and left for 8 hours (usually overnight)
  • dimeticone 4% spray gel – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • mineral oil and dimeticone spray – applied and left for 15 minutes
  • isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone solution – applied and left for 5-10 minutes

Some treatments need be done twice – seven days apart – to make sure any newly-hatched lice are killed.

Detection combing should usually be done two or three days after finishing treatment, and again another seven days after that, to check for any live head lice.

Always check the pack or leaflet to see if a product is suitable for you, particularly if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or your child has head lice and is less than two years of age.

Your pharmacist can recommend a suitable treatment and advise you how to use it correctly if necessary.

Wet combing

Wet combing involves removing head lice with a special fine-toothed comb. It’s suitable for everyone and is relatively inexpensive.

A number of lice removal combs are available to buy. Combs with flat-faced teeth spaced 0.2-0.3mm apart are best for removing head lice, although combs with smaller gaps can be used to remove eggs and nits (egg cases) after treatment.

The comb may come with instructions outlining how to use it. A commonly used method is described below.

  • Wash the hair with ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner.
  • Use an ordinary, wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb.
  • Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down from the roots to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice each time – remove lice by wiping the comb with tissue paper or rinsing it.
  • Work through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Do this at least twice to help ensure you haven’t missed any areas, until no more lice are found.

Repeat this procedure on days five, nine and 13. Detection combing  should be done on day 17, to check for any live head lice.

Please 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.