Please talk to your child’s keyworker if you have any concerns about your child’s health. If your child is unwell they should not come to school. We are required to notify the South London Health Protection Team of most illnesses, such as chicken pox. Please let us know if your child has been diagnosed with an illness. Some childhood illnesses are contagious and children need to remain at home until they are well. Here is a list of some common illnesses and the recommended time for keeping children at home.

Chicken pox

5 days from onset of rash


5 days from onset of rash

Rubella (German Measles)

5 days from onset of rash

Whooping Cough

5 days from the start of antibiotic treatment


5 days from the onset of swollen glands


Consult your doctor – children should not be in school unless they are receiving treatment for this condition


Seek immediate medical advice as this is very contagious

Sickness and Diarrhoea

If your child vomits or has diarrhoea they must not come back to school until they have been normal (no vomiting/diarrhoea) for 48 hours. If your child does come to school unwell, they will be sent home.

Medicines: We require written permission from you to administer any medication. This medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

First Aid: We have trained first aiders on site and all staff have basic first aid training. Staff will administer basic treatment for minor accidents. If your child has an accident requiring emergency treatment, we will contact you immediately.

Asthma: If your child needs an inhaler during the day, please ensure that it is clearly labelled with their name and with any instructions. You must inform the main office and your child’s keyperson if your child needs an inhaler in school.

Allergies: It is particularly important that you tell us before your child starts school if s/he is allergic to any foodstuffs or natural substances (e.g. sand play can be an irritant to children suffering from eczema). We often explore taste, smell and textures through cooking activities and an unforeseen allergic reaction could be dangerous.

If a child requires the use of an Epi-pen, we need to be notified, and given permission to administer it in an emergency. Staff receive training in the use of Epi-pens to support children’s medical needs.

Personal Hygiene: Basic personal hygiene is taught to the children in connection with using the toilet, preparing for meals and cooking activities. Staff follow agreed procedures when changing children’s clothing. A shower may be used if required and parents/carers are asked to supply additional clothing for children to change into as required.

To read our Health and Safety policy, please click here.

To read our Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions policy, please click here.