Healthy Living and Medicines

As part of our commitment to educating the ‘whole child’ we strive to teach our children ways to lead a healthy life.  We want to help our children to stay healthy and happy as they grow up.  In this context, what happens at school every day is really important. Our PSHE curriculum across school sets out clear outcomes for teaching children the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

We encourage children to always eat healthily – see our school dinners page for more information about our fantastic school food! In the Nursery and Reception Classes every child gets a free carton of milk every day. KS1 and KS2 children are given a fruit snack every day to eat at morning break.

We are a nut free school!

For birthdays, the children are allowed to bring in packets of Haribos for their classmates.

Here are some more links to offer guidance for promoting a healthier lifestyle…

The NHS Live Well website has some good tips and ideas for keeping your family healthy

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Childhealth615home.aspx

Visit the Change 4 Life website for tips and help to make changes for a healthier future

http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/Pages/change-for-life.aspx

Medicines

St. George’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School has many First Aiders. The SENCo monitors all medication and medical needs within the school.

School teachers have no legal obligation to administer medicines to pupils nor supervise them while they take medicine, unless contracted to do so. Staff may volunteer to assist in the administration of medicines but must be given appropriate training, guidance and support. As a school, we train specific named staff for the purpose of the administration of medicines;

As a school, we have a duty to plan how administering medicines can be accommodated in school and on educational visits to allow children who have medical needs to attend.

Process for the Administration of Medicines in School – short term medical needs

Medicines should normally be administered at home and only taken into school when absolutely necessary (where it would be detrimental to the child’s health, or would greatly impact on a child’s school attendance, if the medicine were not taken during the school day).

The school will only accept:

·         → Medicines prescribed by a medical practitioner

·         → Medicines that are in date

·         → Medicines which are prescribed to be administered in excess of 3 times per day or emergency medication e.g. epipen, asthma reliever inhalers

·         → Medicines in their original container, as dispensed by a pharmacist

·         → Containers with labelling identifying the child by name and with original instructions for administration, dosage and storage

The school will not accept or administer:

·         → Medicines that are to be administered 1-3 times per day (unless the child is attending after school club and will not return home immediately after 3:00pm)

·         → Paracetamol eg Calpol, unless prescribed in writing by a medical practitioner or for specific short-term medical conditions.

·         → Asprin will not be given to children in this school

Please see the Administration of Medicines Policy for full details.