We take great care to ensure that all children at our school are happy and healthy. To ensure that we respond appropriately to your child’s needs, we would appreciate being told of any medical condition that your child has suffered from or is currently experiencing. The same applies to anything that might affect their wellbeing, e.g. family bereavement, issues with behaviour etc.
Any illness that requires your child to stay at home should be reported to the school office by 9am, each day that your child is unwell. If your child has been vomiting or has had diarrhoea, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last time they have been ill, to help prevent other children and staff being infected.
At present we do not administer medicine to children in school unless it is required as part of their daily life, e.g. allergy / asthma medication. If this applies to your child please contact the school office. On the rare occasion that a child has to have a prescribed medication administered during school time and parents are unable to come along and do this themselves, a written request detailing the medication and any other relevant information should be sent to the school office.
Wherever possible, please try to make medical or dental appointments out of school time. If your child does have a medical appointment during school hours, please contact the school office.
Children who have minor accidents in school receive immediate treatment. All our staff are qualified First Aiders. In more serious cases parents will be contacted.
Occasionally in school we may have to change a child’s clothing or clean a child due to soiling etc. We always ensure that there are at least 2 members of staff in the vicinity and that the child is in agreement with our actions. If a child refuses to let staff assist them we will contact the parent/carer to attend to the child. If you do not want school staff to change your child’s clothing etc. please contact the school office.
Our school nurse can be contacted for advice regarding childhood illnesses or other health concerns, including mental health issues. Please contact the school for her phone number.
NHS Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group's A Parent’s Guide to Common Childhood Illnesses and Wellbeing is an extensive and informative handbook for anyone who cares for a child aged from birth to 11 years old. It gives advice on how to spot signs of illness and what to do for minor conditions such as coughs and colds, fever, dry skin and rashes, chicken pox, bumps and bruises.
Information on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and advice on some more serious conditions like meningitis and sepsis is covered in the booklet. There’s also a handy section on when you should keep your child home from school.
Jump Start Jonny - aerobic work out videos for children. We use these in school and at our Wake Up and Shake Up club, the children love them!
Why not complete our Children's Health Project Health & Wellbeing Questionnaire with your child or children? This is designed to help you think about how active and healthy you and your family are and what improvements you could make to increase both your physical and mental wellbeing.
We used this 3 minute meditation from The Honest Guys and were astonished at its affect on the children. They were so calm and relaxed, not only throughout the video, but afterwards as well. Highly recommended.
Appropriate bedtimes for children
Good sleep routines for children are important. Here are some ideas for you to try:
Guide to the nasal spray flu immunisation which will be administered to children this term if their parents have given consent.
With the help of a friendly dinosaur, Pantosaurus, the NSPCC's PANTS rule is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse. With fun tasks, word searches, games and stickers, you can help them learn without using any scary words.
The Mentally Healthy Schools website is an initiative from Heads Together - the mental health charity spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The content is aimed at primary school teachers but there is useful information for parents too.
Head lice are a normal part of childhood - surveys among primary school children have found that nearly 1 in 10 have head lice at any one time. You probably know what a hassle it is to treat head lice and just how frustrating it can be when your child comes home scratching their head yet again. The Once a week take a peek website offers useful information for checking, treating and preventing headlice.
At Writtle Infant School we are striving to put children’s health and wellbeing as a priority. Working with the Children’s Health Project we have created a vision of educating children to have respect for their bodies and minds and to make healthy choices with confidence. We want to encourage all children to understand the importance of being healthy and happy and what support we can give if this is difficult. We aim to make every child at our school a healthy, active child who is ready to enjoy all aspects of learning.
Statistics from the Children’s Health Project:
We want to make changes in our health education by working with teachers, parents and the community to take action that leads to every child eating healthily, participating in physical activity and promoting a healthier school where children thrive.
Why not complete our health and wellbeing questionnaire with your child or children? This is designed to help you think about how active and healthy you and your family are and what improvements you could make to increase both your physical and mental wellbeing.